07 juillet 2019

An antique diamond, ruby and pearl jadanagam, late 19th century

2019_NYR_17464_0088_000(an_antique_diamond_ruby_and_pearl_jadanagam)

Lot 88. An antique diamond, ruby and pearl jadanagam, late 19th centuryEstimate USD 40,000 - USD 60,000Price realised USD 175,000. © Christie's Images Ltd

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Photos © The Al-Thani Collection

Designed as a hair ornament, rose-cut diamonds, rectangular and circular-cut rubies, pearls, silver and gold, 12 ins., may separate into four sections of 5 ¼, 3 5/8, 3 and 2 1/8 ins., late 19th century.

Literature: Jaffer 2013, pp. 254-55, ill. pp. 274-75, no. 101.

ExhibitedMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York 2014, p. 90
Victoria and Albert Museum, London 2015, p. 147, no. 111
Grand Palais, Paris 2017, p. 258-59, no. 192
The Doge’s Palace, Venice 2017, p. 276-77, no. 190
The Palace Museum, Beijing 2018, p. 294, no. 194
de Young Legion of Honor, San Francisco 2018, p. 133, no. 66.

Note: Lot 88 would have been worn over a single long braid or plait. Derived from the Sanskrit word for cobra, a jadanagam is long and tapered and is often designed as an abstract representation of a hooded serpent. A popular motif for female jewelry, in Hinduism snakes are associated with fertility.

Christie's. Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence, New York, 19 June 2019

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