|Lhasa, Tibet; circa 1900|
This thin, pencil-like ear ornament known as a sochi is made from twisted gold and pearled wire, gold sheet, a single baroque pearl, turquoise pieces, and a long turquoise-coloured glass drop.
Such pendants were worn from the left ear as a badge of office by Tibetan government ministers and officials.
The gold hoop at the top of the pendant fitted through the pierced ear but with the weight of the pendant being supported by a thin strip of silk textile that was attached to the hoop and which fitted over the ear.
This example includes the original lidded steel or iron case in which sochi were always kept. The lid of the case is kept in place by means of a single brass and iron rivet which allows the lid to slide open and closed.
|Location of Origin: Asia|
|Medium/Materials: twisted gold and pearled wire, gold sheet, a single baroque pearl, turquoise pieces, and a long turquoise-coloured glass drop|
|Dimensions: length: 12.2cm, weight: 13g, length of iron case: 18cm|
|Primary Classification: Asian Art : Chinese Antiques|
|Secondary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : Other|
|See Casey Singer (1996, p. 100-1), Clarke (2004, p. 65) and Reynolds (1978, p. 46) for illustrated examples. One such example currently is displayed in the British Museum.|
References: Casey Singer, J., Gold Jewelry from Tibet and Nepal, Thames & Hudson, 1996.
|Provenance: From a Belgium collection|
|Price:||Item has been sold.|
|Offered By:||Items for sale from dealers we worked with previously|
121 Mount Vernon, Boston, MA 02108 USA
Item has been sold.
Please login before inquiring about this item, or adding it to your Favorites list. If you do not have a client login, please register.