Asian & Ethnographic

Pair of 19th Century Tamil Nadu Gold Ear Ornaments 'Thandatti'

Pair of gold ear ornaments (Thandatti), Tamil Nadu Southern India, 19th century. These abstract tribal ornaments are known as thandatti and were made with sheet gold filled with lac. The geometric design is likely inspired by the temples of Tamil Nadu, and the yantra, the magical, geometric diagram used in tantric Hinduism. The were commonly worn by wealthy women of the (lower) Velalar Nadar cast. 1 1/2 × 1 1/4 × 1 inch (each)

For more information see Bala Krishnan, “Kumar, Dance of the Peacock: Jewelery Traditions of India”, India Book House Ltd, 1999.

Inventory #AE7177