But on the Muslim origin of the nose-ring in India, Gode mentions another half dozen sources saying they can find no evidence prior to the year 1080, in either painting or statue, showing the nose ring. That’s significant, because the first forays into India by Sabuktigan in the late 900s predate this, and from this point forward, Islamic fashion was a heavy influence on Indian culture.
Also, notably, Gode and his contemporaries make no mention at all of Ayurvedic medicine when talking about the nose-ring in 1938, and since they were renowned experts on Indian history, that strikes me as odd, and pushes me another notch towards saying that’s probably a modern invention. Although, like I said, if I’m wrong send me an email.
I’d love to know.
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