About this object

One of a pair of women's earrings (paired with 1971.242.8b) called akor. Designed in three tiers with lotus and teardrop shaped motifs, set with turquoise. The earring has a scorpian clasp.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Ornament
  • Culture
    Tibetan
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    1933 before
  • Materials
    Alloy Copper; Iron; Turquoise
  • Location
    Item currently on loan
  • Acquisition
    Bequest of Miss Jane Fernie
  • Collector
    Jane Fernie
  • Place collected
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date collected
    1933 before
  • Measurements
  • Note
    The akor is a heavy ear ornament that is often shown attached to the wearer's hair or headdress rather than worn as a pierced earring. This pair is likely from Gyantse in Southern Tibet. Jane Fernie visited Sikkim and traveled in the borderland areas of Tibet with her sister Cashie Bell and her brother-in-law Sir Charles Bell (Political Officer in Sikkim). She may have acquired the akor during this visitor, or they could have been given to her by the Bells. Written by Emma Martin.
  • Related people
    Jane Fernie ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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