India, Gujarat, Kutch, turn of the century, early 20th century
A pair of gold earrings KAN KARI
These earrings, KAN KARI, were worn by women in the lobe, by men through a hole in the helix of the ear, but for special occasions and festivals only. KAN KARI are an heirloom of a family and the same pair is used for generations. They are give to the bride as part of a dowry.
KAN KARI are typical for Rajput and Rabari community: Rabari believe that the ornament was invented by Lakho Fulani, Rajput king with a Rabari mother. He live in the 11th century and resided in Kera, South of Bhuj.
Accompanying this item is a report of authenticity research conducted by Dutch Gemological Laboratory – part of Naturalis Biodiversity Center Leiden.
A similar pair of earrings is included in:
Ganguly, Waltraud Earring: Ornamental Identity and Beauty in India, pg 76
Research report by Naturalis Biodiversity Centre available on request