This is the first time that earrings worn in ancient India are studied comprehensively taking into account the excavated material which is compared to the earrings depicted on the sculptures of the different periods. A classification is attempted on the basis of types, shapes, materials and periods.
Some revealing conclusions emerge, like the perennity of some forms, the permanency of the symbols depicted on them, which are mostly solar, their origin in the Harappan culture, and the geographical unity of the usage of certain types.
A large number of coloured photographs show the earrings worn from the Harappan period into medieval India.
The moulds to make metal earrings are also studied – particularly, the controversial stone discs and rings.
Additionally, the nandipada or taurine symbol, the Mother Goddess, the conch shell, the beads, amulets, as also solar symbolism are studied in separate appendices, since they are relevant to this subject.
The survival of ancient earrings in contemporary tribal – a surprising revelation – covered with photographs of the various types and photos of recently worn gold earrings.
Some 340 colour and 80 black and white photographs, most of them from unpublished material, illustrate the above discussion which makes a valuable documentation.
Printed on Ugo art paper throughout by Vakil & Sons Ltd., India’s premier press for books on art. EAR ORNAMENTS OF ANCIENT INDIA will be useful to scholars, museums, universities, research institutions, collectors, antique dealers, etc.