Early Victorian Indian Thewa 23kt Inlaid Gold & Green Glass Pin
Thewa is an ages-old jewelry making craft that originated in Rajasthan, India during the Mughal Empire (ca1526-1748). During the process, 23kt gold is fused with molton glass, resulting in an overlay image with a richly colored background. The time-consuming practice can require up to a month to reach completion. Traditionally, Thewa jewelry is inspired by scenic motifs originating from Hindu mythology and Mughal royalty, often depicting images of nature, valor, and romance that evoke the spirit of Indian culture.
This wonderful and unusual pin from the early Victorian (ca1850) era is a very fine example of the Thewa craft! Made of vibrant 23kt yellow gold, this beautiful piece has a very ornate, decorative design. Bezel set within a gold frame is a large, oval-shaped piece of rich green glass. The glass is encircled by an ornate gold bead frame which has an alternating smooth and textured pattern. The entire surface of the glass displays a striking and intricate design which appears to have a hunting theme. The detail is remarkable, including several wild animals, 4 men and intertwining flowers and leaves. The pin has a closed back and secure c-catch clasp can be found on the underside. An impressive and very artistic Thewa piece, it would make a unique addition to any collection!
Measurements: The pin measures 2 1/4" wide, measures 1 3/4" tall, and 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the piece is great. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting, and the pin clasp is secure and in good working condition. Some of the inlaid gold is missing from the bottom of the picture, however, this is hardly noticeable when worn and does not detract from the beauty of the design.