Deity jewellery

This pair of gold feet encrusted with gems, is part of a group of separate diamond-emerald-ruby studded jewel pieces, probably belonging to the utsavar (portable image) of Vishnu (one of the principal Hindu gods, Preserver of the Universe). Such ornamented accessories would be used on special festive occasions to dress-up a small deity image. The various ornaments and accessories, fine examples of Tamil stone jewellery setting craftsmanship, would be donated by individual devotees to the temple. As temples are still the main repositories of these jewels, very few of these pieces are seen in private or public collections.

19th century
Tamil Nadu, South India
Accession No.
Gold and semi-precious stone
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum