A Pair of Headdress Ornaments
Mughal, North India
18th Century
Provenance: The Stuart Cary Welch Collection

A pair of two parcel-gilt silver headdress ornaments, each of curved crescent like form with an open work floral design in deep relief of three lotuses within curling and serrated leaves.

The open work designs remind us of the carved stone work of Mughal architecture. These ornaments might have been used in place of a sarpech on the front of a turban with further embellishments threaded through the loops. It is also likely that they were used to adorn the idols of deities.
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