Lot 30

Designed as a crescent-shaped maang tika to a surround of similarly designed pear-shaped colourless sapphires, further suspending a similarly set fringe to a fish motif. The maang tika is accompanied by a hair support of pearl and gold beads,
mounted in gold.

Gross weight: 40.93 grams

Fish motifs are often found in jewellery and ornaments, as seen in the present lot and lot 13. In Indian mythology, the fish is significant as Lord Vishnu's first avatar - the matsya. It takes the form of a gigantic fish that saves Manu, believed to be the first human, by navigating his ship through a massive flood, after which Manu begins life afresh and propagates the race of humans. According to Oppi Untracht, fish - being prolific breeders - are symbols of fertility and abundance. (Traditional Jewelry of India, London: Thames and Hudson, 1997, p. 276)

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  Lot 30 of 174  

15-16 OCTOBER 2019

$2,860 - 4,290
Rs 2,00,000 - 3,00,000



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