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Archer's Thumb Ring

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Description Archers in India used rings made of wood, bone, or leather to protect their thumbs and to control the bowstring when shooting arrows. Elaborately decorated thumb rings made of precious materials, like this example, were probably never intended for use in archery. Instead, they were given as gifts, admired for their artistry, and worn as personal ornaments, sometimes hung from a sash around the waist.
Date Description Narrative
8/11/1981Examinationexamined for condition
Provenance Laura F. Delano, New York; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1972.
Credit Bequest of Laura F. Delano, 1972

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17th century (Early Modern)
nephrite, gold, pearls, and gemstones
(Precious Stones & Gems)
Accession Number
H: 1 1/8 × W: 3 1/4 × D: 2 3/16 in. (2.9 × 8.3 × 5.6 cm)
  • India (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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