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"The Arab Scribe" by J.F. Lewis, 1852
"The Bath" by J.L. Gerome, in the Legion of Honor, San Francisco
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"Idle Moments" by Frederick Arthur Bridgman, 1875
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Indian anklets

Indian anklets

I bought these cheap bangles with bells from a street stall in Mumbai, along with an assortment of ankle bells and chains. Superificially they are a similar design to the C-shaped anklets, but in this case are made from a strip of steel that was beaten into a ring and has the knobs added. In India they don't seem to have been symbols of slavery or even marriage, but rather worn by dancers or just as jewellery.

Used in my Brass anklets for slave and wives blog post. The coin is a British penny, about the same size as a US penny or a Euro 2 cent piece.

Last modified 27 Apr 13, 4:07 PM by Tanos