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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The appeal of the jewellery from Tibet, Nepal and Ladakh on the Himalayan highlands lies in its bold handling of metal and semi-precious stones. The luminous turquoise that graces so many pieces of Himalayan jewellery symbolizes the water, the sky and the air. It is thought to counteract evil forces and make the wearer brave and invulnerable. Coral has the power to bring beauty, strength and happiness to women. The headdress favored by Ladakh women, a red fabric stretched across an oblong felt frame and studded with big pieces of turquoise, and complemented by astrakhan wool and coral, is supposed to represent an erect, swollen-hooded cobra.

History of the Object
Worn at weddings and festivities, this headdress is the prerogative of aristocratic women in Ladakh.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Turquoise, Leather, Coral, Wool 
Measurements
Width 50 cm Length 95 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Ladakh, India 
Geography
India 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century; Early 20th Century 
Function
Ceremonial Jewellery 
Acquisition
Purchased in France 
Copyright
World Jewellery Museum 
Acknowledgements
Anne van Cutsem. A World of Head Ornaments, Africa, Asia, Oceania, America from the Ghysels Collection, Skira, Milan 2005 
Owner
World Jewellery Museum 
Museum
World Jewellery Museum 
Credit line
World Jewellery Museum 

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