19th/20th century brass anklets once in fashion for Igbo women. The anklets cause the wearer to walk with an elegant gait, they are ostentatious visual representations of the wearers wealth and apparent lack of need to exert physical labour. Patterns engraved in the plates are called uli/uri and are also painted on the body. Photo: Jean-Baptiste Bacquart.
India (Punjab or Rajasthan), Mughal, 18th - 19th century
Gold, precious and semi-precious stones and pearls
Pictorial representations and literary accounts of jewelry from the Mughal era abound, for the wearing and appreciation of jewels and gems was considered an art in itself. The memoirs of Jahangir, for instance, record his decisions to wear certain pearls or rubies for important occasions, but the practice was not limited to royalty alone—travelers to India noted the quantity of jewelry worn by all members of society. Because very few of these pieces survive, most seventeenth-century jewelry is known only from paintings and written descriptions; extant pieces from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries are much more numerous. This particular necklace, composed of diamonds, rubies, pearls, and imitation emeralds set in gold, might represent work for a new class of patrons, the British in India.
Empty Memory 8GB - Transparency - Pure Black / Beyond Object
Empty Memory is a collection of unique USB memory sticks. Each design contains a physical emptiness in its sculptural form, evoking the metaphor of a blank space which can be filled with your own memory.
Beyond Object is a London based design label creating
and distributing poetic objects globally - including desktop objects,
accessories and tableware.