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Chased Repousse Silver Krishna Necklace


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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1910: Item # 427080

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An important example of early 20th century workmanship of India's Jain minority, this sterling silver necklace is designed around iconic figures in high relief. Krishna, the central figure, is depicted as a cowherd leaning against one of his cattle as he plays his flute. A three-headed serpent hovers over the deity and he is flanked by ten finely detailed peacocks that curve upward to form the sides of the necklace. Five hanging clusters of beads give lightness and movement to the piece. This intriguing repousse tableau, along with its smooth backing, is sterling silver and weighs 240 grams. A silver chain with flower-topped links is attached to the chased repousse work. Followers of the Jain religion, who account for only about .4 percent of India's population, incorporate Krishna and some other Hindu deities as well as aspects of Buddhism into their complex belief system. The Jains are recognized as exceptionally skilled jewelry artisans. This necklace, probably worn only for ceremonial occasions, is in excellent condition. The repousse part of the piece measures 15" (38 cm) in length and the central Krishna figure is 3-1/2" (9 cm) in height. The chain is 7" (18 cm) in length. SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM