A pair of Earrings

A community of Tamil ship builders, whose roots can be traced back to Pozhgainallur near Nagapattinam in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, lived along North Bridge Road and Jalan Sultan in Singapore up to mid - 20th century. While some continued in the ship building line, others diversified into other businesses and owned provision shops, etc. Marriage was usually within the same community. This is a pair of traditional gold and ruby earrings in a floral pattern; they belonged to Marimuthu d/o Manickam Pillai or Mrs.Veerappen (seen wearing the earrings in the photograph), who belonged to this community.

Date/Period
Early 20th century
Region
Singapore
Accession No.
2014-00561
Material
ruby (mineral)
Collection of
Indian Heritage Centre
Credit Line
Gift of Mr.V.Krishna
Category
Gold