In India, bangle bracelets are often more than just fashion. They can signify a woman’s marital status, religion, or home village. On her wedding day, a bride’s friends and family may help her try to fit the smallest possible glass bangle on her wrist for good luck. This set of five bangles is handmade of small chips of plastic inlaid on brass. Made in Sarai Tareen in northern India, where more than half of the residents are craftspeople known for their jewelry made of horn, shell, wood, and metal.
Made in India. Set of five stackable bracelets. 1/8"W x 2 3/4" diameter.
In the 19th century, many rural women in
northwestern India wore ivory bangles from wrist to elbow as amulets for good health. Animal-conservation efforts have replaced ivory with mother-of-pearl and bone, as in these elegant brass-inlay bangles.
A common artifact of China’s Han dynasty (206
B.C.-A.D. 220) are bronze TLV mirrors, so called because they’re engraved with symbols that look like those letters. Scholars believe the mirrors represent Chinese cosmology; some think they may have been part ...
The Sinú were an indigenous tribe in Colombia
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