Turban Ornament, TURRAH
A gold and enamelled side-of-turban ornament, TURRAH, in the form of a parrot (TOTI). From the beak of the parrot hangs a JHUMKA with a row of pearls. The ornament is KUNDAN set with diamonds.
This type of ornament inspired the European vogue for pearl and other gemstone tassels commonly found in Art Deco jewelry.
Birds and animals are often used in Indian jewellery and works of art. The parrot is the VAHANA (mount) of Kamadeva, the Hindu god of love. The parrot is also a symbol of knowledge and learning.
The story of India’s fascination with jewellery dates back more than 5,000 years ago in the Indus Valley. At that time, India was the largest manufacturer and exporter of beads to the world. India was also home to the diamond. It’s believed that it was the people from the Indus Valley Civilization who first explored the craft of jewellery making.
And although turbans heave been in use in India since antiquity, they were especially prominent during Mughal times. It was also during this time that special turban ornaments became popular.