jewellery and ornaments

In all cultures, man has practiced the art of jewellery, thereby combining appearance and ceremony.

The attention given to the preparation of objects, the taste for precious materials and the refinement of the motifs bear witness to a fascination with appearances as an indicator of a specific status and a certain opulence.

Generally, this jewellery is emblematic of a form of social authority. But it can also play a role as a protector against adversity depending on the materials used in its making and the accompanying symbols. It is most often a bearer of vital energy.


  • War Charm

  • Woman's Headdress

  • Chieftain's Helmet

  • Male Ear Ornament

  • Pendant

  • Forehead Ornament

  • Men's Chignon Comb

  • Pendant

  • Element of Woman's Headdress: Part That Covers

  • Pendant Worn On the Back

  • Face Veil

  • Anthropomorphic Appliqué Jewelry

  • Necklace

  • Pendant

  • Bird Necklace

  • Hairpin

  • Frontal Headdress (known as "hat of the clan")

  • Large Dance Headdress

  • Feather Headdress

  • Male Figurine

  • Bark Apron

Element of Woman's Headdress: Part That Covers

Element of Woman's Headdress: Part That Covers

Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir (state), India, southern Asia, Asia, end of 19th century, beginnng of 20th century, cloth, turqouise, carnelian, coral, silver, 71.1986.38.3

Main element for the traditional Ladakh Buddhist woman. Worn for religious and secular holiday events. The headdress, enhanced by the wearer, is passed down, from mother to daughter. It is decorated with turquoise, which for Tibetan culture has a specific symblic value. Turquoise, a stone that represents good luck and fortune, also represents beauty, richness and vital energy. It is an element of of the traditional headdress, which is made up of stones: 71.1986.38.1 71.1986.38.2 71.1986.38.3 71.1986.38.4 71.1986.38.5