Hair ornament (jadai nagam)

Unknown Artist1800/1900

National Museum - New Delhi

National Museum - New Delhi

The hair ornament (jadai nagam) is crafted from gold and set with cabochon rubies in the traditional South Indian idiom from the five-headed cobra on top to the bell-shaped tassels at the bottom. At the top is the cobra (nagar) with five parallel rows of cabochon rubies with a diamond in the middle; below the cobra head is a rectangular floral plaque in openwork set with gems. Below this, the jewel tapers with identical units held together by a cord along the side, each executed in openwork with peacocks set amidst flowers and leaves. The jewel ends in a gold bead with a row of cabochon rubies around the middle and three bell-shaped tassels crafted from gold and set with rubies, diamonds and emeralds.

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  • Title: Hair ornament (jadai nagam)
  • Creator: Unknown Artist
  • Date: 1800/1900
  • Location: South India
  • Physical Dimensions: Gold, rubies, emeralds, diamonds
  • Accession Number: 87.1156