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Necklace Beads in the Form of Fish

Necklace Beads in the Form of Fish

185-72 BC

Part of a set. See all set records

India, Shunga Period

(c. 187-78 BC)

Gold repoussé with granulation

John L. Severance Fund 1973.39

Description

Jewelry in ancient India often consisted of elements associated with water, such as fish and other aquatic plants and animals. Since water is essential for life, imagery that connotes water is life-affirming, or auspicious, and therefore appropriate adornment.

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