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Thewa History

Partabgarh, Rajasthan, 19th century Gold Thewa-work parure.
 Courtesy Sotheby's, New York
 Matching Thewa-work plaques are mounted in a rare, surviving parure, which includes a necklace (thewa ka mala), pair of bracelets, earrings and a brooch. All depict hunting scenes (shikar).    
Courtesy: Traditional Jewelry of India


Thewa work in progress. The four gold sheets (Thewa ki patti), each intended for a Thewa unit, are fixed to a lac-resin compound spread on a board. Following a design previously inscribed in line on the gold, using very fine cutting chisels (tankla) , an openwork pattern is pierced through the sheets.
 Courtesy: Traditional Jewelry of India

  SARPATTI (turban ornament)
 Rajasthan, Pratapgarh; 19th century Los Angeles County Museum of Art, purchased with funds provided by Anonymous Donors (AC1995.16.2)
 A hunting scene is rendered with the delicateness of lace in gold and gold foil over green glass in this example of Thewa work.
 Courtesy Dance of the Peacock, Jewellery Traditions of India

August 17, 1902
 Drawing of Thewa workers by Percy Brown. Sketched from life for use in George Watt's catalogue Indian Art at Delhi, 1903. At right a worker is chiseling out the openings in gold sheet mounted on lac-resin covered board. On the left, the thewa plaque has been placed on charcoal in a small cubicle. The worker is fusing the gold pierced-work sheet to the glass base by blowing through the blowpipe to raise the temperature. Tongs are held ready to remove the crucible at the point when the heat fuses the metal to the glass. At the center, above, is an example of a thewa plaque showing Krishna and Gopis. Small prepared thewa glass units appear on the table at left. At center, below, are a belt with thewa units, and  a thewa ornamented box. Brown errs in designating these workers as "enamellers". 
 Courtesy: Traditional Jewelry of India

 Rajasthan, Pratapgarh
 Late 19th century
 Private collection
 Courtesy Dance of the Peacock, Jewellery Traditions of India


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