A pair of gold sheet Ear Ornaments (Thandatti). Bonhams Indians and Islamic Art Sale, London, Lot 246/Sale 21359

Thandatti are traditional earrings from Southern India; worn only by women of the Velalar Nadar class found in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. In this region, stick-like pieces of sandalwood were traditionally used to stretch ear lobes; the term thandatti is derived from this practice. The thandatti are made from sheet gold hammered over a lac core. Hence, they are impressive in size but light weight. The centre of production for thandatti is Madurai, Tamil Nadu.

Date/Period
19th/20th century
Region
Tamil Nadu, South India
Dimension
Object size: Pls refer to individual dimensions
Accession No.
2014-00425
Material
Gold
Collection of
Indian Heritage Centre
Category
Gold