When Gold BlossomsIndian Jewelry from the Susan L. Beningson Collection

September 13 – December 28, 2008

Above: Exhibition catalogue (cover)

When Gold Blossoms celebrates the dazzling beauty and awe-inspiring technical craftsmanship of Indian jewelry with more than 150 pieces dating from the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries, primarily from South India. The exhibition underscores the significance of ornamentation in Indian culture, and presents exquisite examples of rings, anklets, earrings, hair pendants, jeweled crowns, and ivory combs crafted from precious stones. Spectacular highlights include an elaborate cobra-head braid ornament comprised of rubies, emeralds, diamonds and pearls set in gold, and an enameled, gold crown for the image of a deity set with rubies, emeralds, and diamonds.

The exhibition is organized by the Asia Society and Museum, New York. The national tour is organized by the American Federation of Arts. Molly Emma Aitken, an independent curator and art historian, curated the exhibition. The national tour of this exhibition is made possible, in part, by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, with additional support from the Philip and Janice Levin Foundation Fund for Collection-Based Exhibitions at the American Federation of Arts.