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AN ANTIQUE DIAMOND, RUBY AND ENAMEL KADA
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AN ANTIQUE DIAMOND, RUBY AND ENAMEL KADA

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AN ANTIQUE DIAMOND, RUBY AND ENAMEL KADA
The bangle designed as two opposing tiger head, variously-shaped table-cut diamonds, rectangular and variously shaped cabochon rubies, green, red and white enamel, gold on a lac core, diameter 2 5/8 ins., mid-19th century
Exhibited
Grand Palais, Paris 2017, p. 247, no. 184
The Doge’s Palace, Venice 2017, p. 261, no. 180
The Palace Museum, Beijing 2018, p. 281, no. 184
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Lot Essay

The terminals are very likely tigers’ heads. Tigers were hunted in India by royalty and using the tiger’s image was a statement of power. The most famous Indian ruler who used the tiger image intentionally to express his royal status was Tipu Sultan, the ‘Tiger of Mysore’, a very powerful ruler whose kingdom posed an enormous threat to British military power in India.

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