Gilded Ear Ornaments from the Katawaz Peoples
Gilded Silver and blue glass ear pendants; they originate from the Islamic people of the Katawaz basin along the border of Afghanistan/Pakistan
Length about 13,5cm
Silver (part of it gilded), Glassbeads
These pendants were worn from the hair and headdress adjacent to the ears, being too heavy to be suspended from the ears. They comprise a “basket” from which a “flowering tree” grows and are fabricated from embossed silver gilt plaques attached to the silver base and trimmed with dozens of blue glass beads secured by fine wire.
Ear Pendants of similar form are illustrated in Ethnic Jewellery from Africa, Asia and Pacific Islands
Al-Jadir,S., Arab & Islamic Silver