[Sandals for a deity (padukas) of sheet gold over lac set with rubies, emeralds, and diamonds and hung with pearls, Deccan, India; 17th-18th century, Susan L. Beningson Collection, photo by Benjamin Harris B.S.K. via Asian Art.]
Since the Egyptian galleries at the Met provided Katie Leede with so much inspiration for her Ra fabric collection, I'm curious to see what designers will take away from the exhibition When Gold Blossoms: Indian Jewelry from the Susan L. Beningson Collection on view through July 11, 2010 at the Michael C. Carlos Museum in Atlanta.
[Gold cobra-head braid ornament (nagar) set with rubies, emeralds, diamonds, and pearls, South India; 18th century, Susan L. Beningson Collection, photo by Benjamin Harris B.S.K. via Asian Art.]
Visitors will be able to see more than 150 pieces of finely crafted jewelry representing 2,000 years of Indian creativity. Most of the objects are from South India where there has long been a focus on gold as well as plant and animal life. Jewelry for women and deities is at the heart of the Beningson Collection, hence the exhibition's three main areas of emphasis: Jewelers, Women (The Sixteen Adornments), and Deities. To learn more about special events related to the show, click here. For general information, click here.
[Pair of gold ear covers (karnapatras), set with rubies and emeralds, Orissa, India; late 17th or early 18th century, Susan L. Beningson Collection, photo by Bruce White, via Asian Art.]