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Necklace Bead in the Form of a Fish

Jewelry in ancient India often consisted of elements associated with water, such as fish and other aquatic plants and animals. Since water is essential for life, imagery that connotes water is life-affirming, or auspicious, and therefore appropriate adornment.

Credit: John L. Severance Fund...

185-72 BCE
Gold repoussé with granulation
Image and text: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 2023

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The Cleveland Museum of Art
Permanent collection