This chapter is tagged (labeled) with: 

Ch. 2: Forms and Materials of Rings

Ch. 2: Forms and Materials of Rings Page of 513 Ch. 2: Forms and Materials of Rings Text size:minus plus Restore normal size   Mail page  Print this page
80                                           RINGS
hardly suit Occidental taste on account of its size and the inconvenience of wearing it. A rather singular fact is that mirror-rings are sometimes worn on the great toe, where they would seem to be quite useless; but it has been suggested that as the Hindu women of the better class commonly have their feet nearly or quite bare when in their apartments, and have acquired the power to move and use their feet much more freely than is the case with Occidentals, a toe mirror might possibly be of some slight utility; still, it seems probable that they are purely ornamental and came into fashion in imitation of the thumb-mirrors. Many varieties of toe-rings are made, a special type being that for wear on the middle toe.18
A ring of an unusual form is worn on the great toe of the left foot by some Hindu married women, as a dis­tinguishing mark of the married state. Men frequently wear a ring on the big toe for curative purposes, or to augment their masculine vigor. These toe-rings of the men are not generally closed circles, but open hoops, so that they can be easily removed when this is desirable.19
The art of the Persian goldsmith in the fifteenth century is displayed in a ring belonging to one of the splendid collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York. It is of massive form with an immense bezel, richly decorated in openwork; the hoop is also elaborately chased. The flat surface of the bezel is adorned with a design in keeping with the ornamentation of its sides and of the hoop. For a large and massive ring
18  Col. T. H. Hendley, " Indian Jewellery," Journal of Indian Art and Industry, vol. xii, pp. 4, 5 ; 1907-1909. Figs. on plates 6, 7, 8, 15, 18.
19 Ibid., p. 103.
Ch. 2: Forms and Materials of Rings Page of 513 Ch. 2: Forms and Materials of Rings
Suggested Illustrations
Other Chapters you may find useful
Other Books on this topic
bullet Tag
This Page