Friday, March 25, 2011

Ivory Scenes and a Silver Gangaur

Out of the rain, I admired the bamboo screen whose individual vertical strands were meticulously wrapped with silk thread, forming an overall pattern. In one corner was a large 19th century cosmetic box with intricate scenes carved out of ivory. Near it were ladies’ dumbells, decorated with inlaid wood, ivory, and lacquer. The Hindu goddess Gangaur commanded attention with her “skin” made from silver, ornamentation out of gold, and bright fuchsia dress.

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