Kinnara Angel Ear Clip or
Cord Clasp



8th-10th Century

.9 in/2.3 cm  10 grams


Kinnaras are mythical beasts, part human, part bird. They appear widely on temple architecture of South and SE Asia and serve like Western angels do as bringers of good will and good fortune. This piece exceeds in quality even the fine examples in the Metropolitan 's collection.