In August 2015, right in the middle of the monsoon season in Bengal, we'd given you Mayurpur — the Sita-Har. Later, of course, the famed Mayurpur-Jhapta earrings became the Sita-Har's perfect accom...
In August 2015, right in the middle of the monsoon season in Bengal, we'd given you Mayurpur — the Sita-Har. Later, of course, the famed Mayurpur-Jhapta earrings became the Sita-Har's perfect accompaniment. But not everyone's happy wearing large danglers that make heads turn whether they are or are not worn with the matched necklace. And when that necklace is a hansuli, the torc-like structure of the jewel just doesn't lend itself too kindly to elaborate jhola-duls.
As such, the pashas that you see in the picture have been made bespoke to go with a Mayurpur Hansuli. The ball borders of the necklace are repeated but in a double row, with paktar lines separating them. This acts as an effective framing device for the central motif of an inflorescence of Kurchiphul (also from the Mayurpur Sita-Har) realised in cut-out naksha. Note how the leaves are veined, and the ribs on the stem, and you'll gather how detailed the chasing is, and how meticulous. The spray of flowers is chiselled as in the necklace but here the arrangement is more rounded than oval, the pashas being of the discal kind.
The pair of amative peacocks is missing, though, and best left to imagination. Fitting them into such a small space would require miniaturisation beyond recognition and result in what we'd call in Bengali a "jagakhichuri'' of motifs. This pasha, instead, is almost neat to a fault. Also, without peacocks, they can more easily relate to any guinea-gold necklace that has floriated detailing and be worn confidently with them.
Handwrought with as much passion as the hansuli it's matched to, these new naksha pashas have been named Kurchiphul after the scented curly-petalled blossoms that are practically emblematic in this jewel. They bloom in summer, these fragrant flowers, but in the earrings, on you, they become eternal. You do, too.