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Ref ID: 22383
Ref Type: Book Section
Authors: Krishna, Nanditha
Title: Traditional jewellery of South India
Date: 2015
Source: Metals and civilizations
Place of Publication: Bangalore, India
Publisher: National Institute of Advanced Studies
Notes: Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on the Beginnings of the Use of Metals and Alloys (BUMA VII)
Abstract: Early archaeology and literature describe jewellery for adornment and for providing property to daughters. Gold was a precious metal, but silver was also used. Jewellery was worn by men and women, gods and goddesses. The designs were derived from nature – plants, birds, animals, mountains and temples. South Indian jewellery was made of gold on a wax base, raised and rounded, with stones fitted in, creating a relief effect, and decorated with uncut stones. Each part of a woman’s body was adorned by a jewel with a specific name and design. There are few traditional <i>achari</i> (goldsmith) families who still make traditional designs. Many items have disappeared with time and the passing away of rich traditional clients.
Date Created: 4/11/2016
Editors: Srinivasam, Sharada
Ranganathan, Srinivasa
Giumlia-Mair, Alessandra
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