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A large bronze or brass finger ring with a tapering extension resembling a long fingernail is decorated with a herringbone pattern. There are three small integral rings on the outer sides, one at the tip, one at the middle and three at the base, to which are attached five small grooved pellet bells. The ring is a pair with M30.3.53/51a, and both match the pair of dancer's anklets 30.3.53/50a and b. Given by the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum.


finger ring
Musical Instruments

112.13 vessel rattles
Broad category
Musical Instruments, Idiophone
Additional names, titles, or classifications
catalogue name:  finger ring
object name:  finger ring
catalogue title:  112.13 vessel rattles
display title:  112.13 vessel rattles

India; Asia
Additional place information
Date made
19th century
Additional date information
19th century 

Materials & techniques
copper alloy
Additional material & technique information
material: copper alloy (overall)
overall: 73 x 40 x 45 mm
Additional measurement information
overall: 73 x 40 x 45 mm

This instrument is used by dancers to convert kinetic energy to rhythmic patterns which are integral to the musical content.

Related subjects
object name: finger rings
classified as: 112.13 Vessel rattles

Record created 1999-12-26 by FPALMER
Record last updated 2017-10-23 by XGVIEWS