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Indian; Udaipur

Turban ornament mid-nineteenth century

Gold, enamel, emeralds, diamonds, and pearls | 15.6 x 13.5 x 1.9 cm (whole object) | RCIN 11286

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The emeralds used for this turban ornament are of impressive size. Up until the late nineteenth century, gemstones from India were usually polished rather than cut to maintain the weight of the gemstone. However the central emerald on this turban ornament has been faceted, which would usually only be done to larger stones. The emerald on the right has a drill hole running through it and may have been repurposed.