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Nimboli Panch Mania

India, Andhra Pradesh, Hydrabad / Karnataka (Mysore), 19th century


A traditional gold wedding ornament, NIMBOLI PANCH MANIA, (five gems), consisting of a rectangular pendant, with five rosettes, kundan set with foiled rock crystal, rimmed with small pearls, and suspended a fringe of gold collets, kundan set with foiled rock crystal, emerald beads, pearls and green enamelled beads. Hung from a heavy gold chain embellished with gold rosettes

With the invasion of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in 1687, the affluent and powerful Deccan area came under the rule of his governors, being the Nizams. In the 17th century, the majority of Andhra comes under British rule and the Nizams of Hyderabad obtain British support. In 1801 the English dominate Southern India, installing ’The Madras Presidency’. In the 19th century Indians demand separation. By the end of the 19th century, the wealth of the Maharajas of Mysore was only second to that of the Nizam of Hyderabad. With Hyderabad as capital of Andhra Pradesh, ruled by its illustrious Nizams, and the nearby Golconda mines, a typical characteristic for jewellery from Andhra Pradesh is its abundant use of fringes or clusters of pearls.
A NIMBOLI PANCH MANIA is presented to a bride as an auspicious gift.
Accompanying this item is a report of authenticity research conducted by Dutch Gemological Laboratory – part of Naturalis Biodiversity Center Leiden.

Research report by Naturalis Biodiversity Centre available on request