Western Asiatic Bracelet with Animal Heads, 1st ML BC
substantial silver penannular bracelet, round in section with wire
coils to the shank, two groups of three granules to the underside,
applied beaded wire and granules forming opposed beast-head finials.
The six segments of this bracelet feature miniature portraits of three Mughal emperors and their consorts. Indian artists adopted the technique of painting portrait miniatures on ivory with watercolors from British artists living and working in India during the 19th century. This delicate bracelet is, therefore, an interesting example of the cultural exchange between East and West during the period of European imperialism.