Asian Art

Pair of Anklets

late 19th–early 20th century

Silver

Gift of Margaret T. J. Rowe
1947.375.a-b

Elite ladies often wore anklets made of silver or gold-plated silver, similar to the pearl examples seen in the illustration of Ragini Ramkali also in the collection (1939.543). With movement, the bells would chime and announce the wearer’s presence. A variant of these anklets, with larger metallic bells, were worn by dancers as a musical instrument with which to match the rhythm of the percussion that accompanied their performance.

Geography: 
India
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Indian
Period: 
19th–20th century
Classification: 
Jewelry
Provenance: 

Margaret T. J. Rowe (1888–1975), Providence, RI; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1947

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.