A Pair of Gold Tamil Nadu Ear Ornaments Thandatti

Tamil Nadu Southern India

19th Century

High Carat Gold - over 22ct

These ear ornaments represent the harmonious working together of the three worlds which exist in Hindu belief. The First World is the physical universe, the Second World is the astral or mental plane, inhabited by spirits and angels and the Third World is the spiritual universe of the Hindu Gods.

Victoria & Albert Museum London
Brooklyn Museum U.S
Barbier-mueller Museum Geneva
Ghysels Collection, Brussels


A World of Earings from the Ghysels Collection p.121,325 pub.Skira 2001
Earrings: Ornamental Identity and Beauty In India by Waltraud Ganguly pub. B.R Delhi
Traditional Jewellry of India by Oppi Untracht

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