Jul 11, 2012
Jul 11, 2012

Necklace Bead in the Form of a Fish

Necklace Bead in the Form of a Fish

185–72 BCE

Part of a set. See all set records

India, Shunga period

(185–78 BCE)

Gold repoussé with granulation

John L. Severance Fund 1973.39.h


Jewelry in ancient India often consisted of elements associated with water, such as fish and other aquatic plants and animals. Since water is essential for life, imagery that connotes water is life-affirming, or auspicious, and therefore appropriate adornment.

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