Ear Pendants, OGANIA
A pair of gold ear pendants, OGANIA, ornamented with granulated and stamped units.
These ear ornaments were worn in the helix of the ear by men and boys of all ages, and are used as specific wedding earrings by Ranari, Bharvad and Rajput.
The range and variety of ear ornaments in India is unparalleled anywhere else in the world. Bare ear lobes signaled widowhood of an Indian woman. Elongated ear lobes were considered a sign of beauty and wealth, the longer the lobe, the greater a woman’s wealth. By appending ornaments to almost every part of the ear, the woman also ensured a continuous state of mental and physical well-being. The ear is also identified as a microcosm of the entire body.
Enameling and precious stones were highly valued, but restricted to the privileged classes.
Pins and pousettes have been redone for hygiene and safety purpose and to accommodate Western use.