Victorian Colonial Indian Koftgari Cross Antique Pendant
Can you picture it? Some early Victorian on his travels goes to Colonial India and on his travels he finds this stunning cross, he’s intrigued with it, finds out that the work is call ‘koftgari’, that it’s an art form where steel is intricately engraved and then gold wire hammered into the engraved grooves, the resultant decoration is akin to rambling ferns. Our traveler is intrigued and purchases this cross to take home as a gift or souvenir, it has no jump ring at the top, so it’s taken to the local English jeweler to have a tiny split ring put on the top.
This cross was made in northern India in about 1860, it’s topped with a Georgian English split ring. This type of work was done by Muslim craftsman and it’s unusual to see the form of a Christian cross, it was usually found on pistol handles, dagger blades and pen boxes. This cross is a wonderful example of a cross-cultural item from Colonial India. The cross and split ring are both metal.The cross is quite large, measuring 101 mm from north to south and 60 mm across at the widest point, it is unmarked and weighs 19 grams. This cross is quite old, it does have some very minor damage to the front where the metal has maybe gotten wet and rusted a bit, please look at the photographs carefully.
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