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Jewel of the Lotus

Lakshmi hair ornament
South India
18th c.
24Kt gold, Sterling silver, Yellow gold, Glass inlay

Antique Lakshmi hair ornament which was offered to and worn on a statue of Lakshmi, studded with glass / rubies in 24Kt gold on the front and silver behind. Silver is considered very auspicious, hence they use silver because it is touching the deity.

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