19th Century Sterling Silver Peacock Necklace
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Indian Subcontinent: India: Pre 1900: item # 417570
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|A beautifully crafted piece of jewelry from Rajasthan in North India, this sterling silver necklace has finely embossed images of 44 peacocks and is itself shaped to resemble a fanned peacock tail. From the late 19th century, the necklace is made of 92.5 percent pure silver and weighs 240 grams. Judging by its weight, regal design and motif of the peacock, national bird of India, this was a ceremonial piece and most likely was worn by a man. Eight vertical plates with peacocks and flowers in graduated sizes are joined with eight rows of bow-shaped links to form the peacock tail. Two scalloped end pieces also are embossed with peacocks and foliage. Plates and end pieces are about 1/8" thick and are backed with smooth sheets of silver. A flower-topped link attaches the end pieces to two chains, each with eight small flowers affixed to the tops of the links. This unusual and handsome necklace is in excellent condition. The ornate front (peacock tail) portion of the piece is 2-1/2" (6 cm) high, 10-1/8" (26 cm) long, 1/8" (1/2 cm) in depth. The full length of the necklace is 20" (51 cm).|