Adornment: Jewelry of South Asia’s Nomadic Cultures

  • through October 5, 2021
  • Art Institute of Chicago
During the 19th and early 20th centuries, cattle-herding nomadic tribes from geographically and culturally diverse Afghanistan, Pakistan and India moved seasonally across Central and South Asia in search of fresh pastures. Although they carried few belongings, these travelers developed a material legacy of adornment practices embodied in the textiles and finely crafted jewelry they wore and bartered, practices that continued as they settled into modest villages over time. 
Art Institute of Chicago
Pair of Temple Pendants (Muchley), late 19th/early 20th century, Katawaz Basin, Afghanistan.
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