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Silver and enamel

20th century
Chamba and Kangra, Himachal Pradesh



The 'tikka' is traditionally worn as a part of a 'shingarpatti' or 'jhatpattu' - a head ornament that frames the face, consisting of a round or crescent shaped central pendant placed at the crown of the head ('tikka'), two metal bands laid around the head ('patti') and earrings ('karnphul-jhumka'). Only a few families owned complete 'shingarpattis', and their use was reserved for special occasions. Isolated 'tikkas' and/or 'pattis' were more common for daily wear.




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  Lot 53 of 75  

24-HOUR AUCTION: INDIAN FOLK AND TRIBAL ART AND OBJECTS
21-22 AUGUST 2012

Estimate
Rs 30,000 - 40,000
$560 - 745

Winning Bid
Rs 28,566
$529
(Inclusive of Buyer's Premium)






A similar piece has been illustrated in Traditional Jewelry of India, Oppi Untracht, Thames and Hudson, London, 1997 (pl. 410, 411)



 



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