No other nation in the world can surpass the 5000-year-old record of India with its unbroken history of the custom of wearing jewelry. The women of this land are unique in that even today, for various reasons the use of ornaments continues with undiminished vivacity. Of these, the ring in its various forms, adorns the nose, ears, fingers and toes. Amulets worn as charm against evil also come in the form of rings. Usually at the child's naming ceremony performed on the 12th day after its birth, a small ring or stud is inserted into the ear lobe or nose as a protective amulet. Nose
The widespread use of nose ornaments in India today has created a misconception that wearing of these is an ancient Hindu custom based on religious sanctions. Looking back at the historical remains of the ancient Indian civilization, one doesn't find any nose rings on the stone and clay sculpture of Indus Valley Civilization, or sculptures at Ajanta, Ellora and Badami. Neither is any evidence of the use of nose rings found from the plaques, seals or coins excavated from Mohenjodaro, Harappa or from the sites where the Kushan and Gupta dynasties existed.
Similarly, the bronzes of the Apsaras of the 9th century or the 11th /12th century Uma of the Pala period and Parvati show an absence of this ornament of the nose. Evidence of nose rings and studs appear only in the 15th and 16th centuries.
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