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Exhibition- Jewelry of India's Thar Desert






    FEBRUARY 19, 2017–JUNE 18, 20








    A new silver jewelry exhibition highlighting designs of the Thar Desert region of India is now on display at the Fowler Museum at UCLA. The 160-work exhibit titled Enduring Splendor: Jewelry of India’s Thar Desert will be on display until June 18, 2017, and offers visitors a view of the 5,000-year tradition of jewelry making in the Indian subcontinent.

    In addition to older pieces, the museum also commissioned new silver works from four contemporary smiths whose designs re ect traditional designs and manufacturing techniques.

    The exhibition has three sections, starting with an introduction
    to jewelry traditions seen in the region. These include sculptures and paintings of jewelry (from 200 B.C.E. to 1,000 C.E.) worn in ancient times, such as Hindu gods wearing jewelry and Mughal miniature watercolor paintings from the 17th to 19th centuries depicting elaborate ornaments worn by maharajas and empresses.

    The second section shows 19th and 20th-century jewelry from
    the Ronald and Maxine Linde Collection that focuses on India’s northwest Thar Desert region located on India’s western border. For many years, it was considered the gateway to India, allowing passage of Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great and early European visitors.

    The third section focuses on the commissioned works of smiths from the city of Jaisalmer: B.D. Soni, Dharmendra Soni, Hanuman Soni and Roopkishor Soni. The display includes videos showing each working with traditional tools and techniques