|Sri Lanka, 19th century|
This elegant brooch comprises faceted stones known locally as Matara diamonds (white zircons) in a gold and silver setting. (Matara is a seaport on the south coast of Sri Lanka from where the stones come.)
Brooch is in a stable, wearable condition.
|Ceylonese silversmiths and other craftsmen produced items with Dutch influence during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This brooch is one example, which has parallels with eighteenth century European jewellery, albeit with South Asian motifs: the brooch employs katiri mala flower motifs for example.|
Such brooches were the basis for the kerosang brooches used by the Straits Chinese and Malay women in Malaysia and Singapore. Kerosang brooches were used in place of buttons to keep blouses closed. Many were produced by expatriate Tamil craftsmen and so often the jewellery of the Straits Settlements of Penang, Malacca and Singapore bore similarities in terms of themes and construction with that produced and worn in Ceylon.
References: A brooch of similar construction is illustrated in Coomaraswamy, A.K., Mediaeval Sinhalese Art, Pantheon Books, 1956, plate XLIX.
|Provenance: UK art market|
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