Bazu band

DATE:
1820–1860
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Gold, diamonds, gemstones, and enamel
CLASSIFICATION:
Jewelry
DIMENSIONS:
Overall (metal piece) : 1 5/8 x 3 5/8 x 1 in. (4.13 x 9.21 x 2.54 cm) Length (cord and tassel): 19 in. (48.26 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Arts of Asia
LOCATION:
Not On View
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Alta Brenner in memory of her daughter Andrea Bernice Brenner-McMullen
OBJECT NUMBER:
1994.43

General Description

Men and women wore bazu bands, that is, bejeweled bands that decorated the upper arm a few inches below the shoulder. This example is enameled on the back. The front is embellished with precious stones, an indication of the wearer's wealth. Bazu bands are often depicted in Indian painting and sculpture.

Adapted from

Catherine Asher, "Bazu band", in The Arts of India, South East Asia, and the Himalayas, Anne R. Bromberg (Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art; New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013), 141.