Nose Ornament
Western India (probably Maharashtra) / Late 18th – early 19th century

A mango-shaped nose ornament (nath) made of gold and set with a single heart-shaped diamond, three ruby beads and an emerald bead, within an exquisite cluster of 15 natural Basra pearls. Ornaments for the nose take on a variety of shapes ranging from tiny, sometimes single gem studs to jewelled hoops that rest on the curve of the nostril.

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