Hair Ornament

Traditional south Indian jewellery was crafted to complement the shape and structure of the parts of the body, from head to toe. This is a south Indian hair ornament; called a rakodi it is a gently curved, disc - shaped jewel, attached at the top of a braid. It is usually accompanied by a smaller pair of discal (surya) and semi – discal (chandra) accessories. Such elaborate hair ornaments were worn in south India by women on special occasions; by brides; and by dancers. Here a gem - set hamsa or swan occupies central space, surrounded by foliage set in clusters of rubies and scattered diamonds and emeralds. This rakodi is an heirloom collected by Dr.R.D.Gangatharan’s maternal family.

20th century
South India/Singapore
Object size: Approx Diameter 7 to 10 cm
Accession No.
Gold, Rubies, Diamonds and Emeralds
Collection of
Indian Heritage Centre
Credit Line
Dr.R.Gangatharan Davar in memory of Mrs. Lakshmi Rengasamy Davar