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Sterling Silver Bracelet With Jain Symbols

Sterling Silver Bracelet With Jain Symbols


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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Indian Subcontinent: India: Pre 1940: Item # 704729

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A bracelet of braided silver has three silver emblems that are an identifying symbol of Janism, an ancient belief system practiced primarily in India, where small but influential Jain communities are scattered throughout the country. The symbol on this bracelet often is seen outside Jain houses. The Jains, typically well educated and prosperous, are known for business acumen and for their prominence in India's jewelry trade. This bracelet is from Jaisalmer, a remote western Indian city on the edge of the Thar Desert, which is within the State of Rajasthan, home to about 500,000 Jains. The piece is 70 years old and beautifully made, with three ropes of silver banded together with five bars, three with the Jain symbol. One symbol has a small dent; otherwise the bracelet is in perfect condition. The silver weight is 44 grams. The bracelet measures 7-1/2" (19 cm) in length, 1/2" (1 cm) in width.