Silver akota earrings, Gujarat, India
Old Gujarati earrings called “Akota”, worn in Saurashtra and Kutch by the Rajput, Patel, Kanbi, Mer, Rabari and other communities. Made of high-grade silver.
From the beginning of the 20th century or earlier.
According to Ganguly, the Akota earrings are not in use anymore, and women from the communities mentioned above stopped using them around the 50’s.
Length: 46 mm
Width: 40 mm
Weight: 36 gr
They are worn in stretched earlobe holes.
“Traditional jewelry of India”, Untracht, Oppi, Harry N. Abrams. Inc publishers
“Earrings. Ornamental identity and beauty in India”, Ganguly, Waltraud, B.R. Publishing corporation, 2007