"Burgundy" = "Ruby Red"
Turban Ornament (Sarpech), Mughal period, India, 1750-1800
Gold, sapphires, and rubies inset in the kundan technique, with polychrome enamel (minakari)
5 x 6.5 x 1.7 cm (2 x 2 1/2 x 5/8 in.)
James W. and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection, Art Institute of Chicago 289.1996

Merriam Webster defines 'burgundy' as "a reddish-purple color", like that of red wine. Rubies exhibit a lovely burgundy color, and this beautiful jeweled pin is exquisite.

While finding this beautiful piece, I discovered a few other lovely items I'd photographed at various museums:

Ruyi scepter

Net-Pattern Bowl

Ritual Conch

Photos ©Joan Ann Lansberry, 2010

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