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South Indian; India

Bangle circa 1850 - 1875

Gold and rubies | 3.3 x 8.8 x 8.8 cm (whole object) | RCIN 11522

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Trichinopoly was famed for its highly sculptural gold jewellery. The Prince purchased this bangle depicting heads of makara (mythical sea creatures), the two largest heads being inlaid with ruby eyes. The Prince purchased this bangle from a peddler, referred to as ‘boxwallah’ in William Howard Russell’s diary, and presented it to Queen Victoria as a birthday present.