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Elephant Mughal bangles

July 11, 2023
Akbar III 1948-2012



      Elephant Mughal bangles from Banaras refer to a specific type of jewelry that originated in the late-eighteenth century in the city of Banaras (also known as Varanasi), located in the northern part of India. These bangles are known for their intricate designs and craftsmanship, inspired by the Mughal era.


         The Mughal Empire was a powerful dynasty that ruled over the subcontinent from the 16th to the 18th century. They greatly influenced art, culture, and fashion during their reign, and their style is often characterized by elaborate patterns, detailed craftsmanship, and the use of precious materials.


         Elephants hold a significant place in Indian culture and history. They are revered as symbols of power, wisdom, and prosperity. The depiction of elephants in jewelry, including bangles, is a common motif that represents strength, good fortune, and royalty.


           The late-eighteenth century marked a time when the Mughal Empire was in decline, but its artistic legacy continued to influence various regions of India. Banaras, known for its rich textile and jewelry traditions, became a center for producing exquisite pieces inspired by Mughal aesthetics.


             Elephant Mughal bangles from Banaras would have been crafted by skilled artisans using traditional techniques such as filigree work, stone setting, and enameling. These bangles would have been made primarily from precious metals like gold or silver, often embellished with gemstones, enamel work, or intricate patterns engraved on the surface.


      The design of these bangles would typically feature an elephant motif, either as a central element or as part of a larger pattern. The elephant's form would be detailed and stylized, capturing its majestic presence and incorporating decorative elements inspired by Mughal art.


           These bangles were highly valued for their craftsmanship, artistic appeal, and cultural significance. Today, antique Elephant Mughal bangles from Banaras are sought after by collectors and enthusiasts of Indian jewelry and serve as a testament to the rich cultural heritage of the Mughal era and the skilled craftsmanship of artisans from Banaras.

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Ismail Mazari

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Very good information.


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