India, Gujarat, Kutch, turn of the century, early 20th century
These earrings 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 given 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.
Pins have been redone for hygiene purpose and to accommodate western use
Ganguly, Waltraud Earring: Ornamental Identity and Beauty in India, pg 76