India ~ Tamil Nadu | Hindu marriage ornament ('thali') showing the goddess of good fortune, Lakshmi, and birds. | Gold | ca. 19th century | Just one of the many fabulous images included in the publication Ethnic Jewellery and Adornment: Australia, Oceania, Asia, Africa. Author Truus Daalder ~ http://www.ethnicartpress.com.au | This image is from page 308 of the publication
India | Close up of an intricate gold braid; one of the 28 pieces that Bonhams is about to sell ~ an inspiring array of Indian Temple Jewellery from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, all from one impressive private collection. Each of the 28 pieces were used to ornament the Hindu gods. As tributes to the deities, these works of art are beautifully made of gold, diamonds and rubies combined with centuries old Indian craftsmanship.