Museum photo of an ornate silver ring on a grey background

Adornment: Jewelry of South Asia’s Nomadic Cultures

During the 19th and early 20th centuries, cattle-herding nomads from tribes as geographically and culturally diverse as the Ersari and Kuchi of Afghanistan, the Balti of Pakistan, and the Rabari and Ahir of India moved seasonally across Central and South Asia in search of fresh pastures. Although they carried few belongings, these travelers developed a material legacy of adornment practices embodied in the textiles and finely crafted jewelry they wore and bartered, practices that continued as they settled into modest villages over time. This focused exhibition, made up of promised works from the collection of Barbara and David Kipper, presents a sampling of these objects, from ornate headdresses to simple stud earrings, lending insight into their cultural legacy. In recent decades, loss of land due to population growth and industrialization has had significant impact on traditions of adornment. As rapid urbanization continues, preserving and understanding the diverse visual legacies of South Asia’s nomadic cultures remain urgent endeavors.

Date

2 Nov 2019 - 9 Jan 2021
Ongoing...

Time

All Day

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: 2 Nov 2019 - 9 Jan 2021
  • Time: All Day

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Location

The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
 Chicago, Illinois 60603-6404
Website
https://www.artic.edu/
Category
REGISTER