Jewelry That Makes You Think.
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A Survey of the Scene
by Anvita Jain

“Defining the ‘contemporary’ and ‘conceptual’ in the context of Indian jewellery and body ornament is a challenge. Adornment that may be avant-garde for one community might be perfectly normal for another. Many forms of traditional jewellery, talismanic for example, perform a conceptual function, sometimes very specific to the individual. After being activated through mantra and ritual, it protects the wearer.”
—Dr. Naman Ahuja, professor of Indian iconography and decorative arts at JNU, New Delhi

Image caption: Bharti Kher, The Skin Speaks a Language Not Its Own, 2006, fiberglass, bindis, 142 x 456 x 195 cm, courtesy of the artist, photo: Tom Phlippoteau
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