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Sterling Silver Rajput Cuff Bracelet

Sterling Silver Rajput Cuff Bracelet


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Indian Subcontinent: India: Pre 1900: Item # 766765

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 $900.00 
This handsome 19th century sterling silver cuff bracelet with a symbolic Hindu design from Rajasthan is both a collector's item and an unusual piece of wearable jewelry. The sterling weight is 240 grams. Hindu imagery is repeated in five linear segments arranged around the cuff. Leading the iconic parade is the Hindu Goddess Kali, seen as the head of the sacred cow. Next is an antelope, symbol of nature and king of the animals, followed by a lion, emblem of strength and protection. Most likely commissioned as part of a dowry, the bracelet was owned by a Rajput family now living in Pakistan, and was among items traded across the India-Pakistan border near Jaisalmer, a city on the desert that separates the two countries. Apparently the regular exchange of goods carried by camels across the border is discontinued temporarily when armed skirmishes break out, then resumes when the fighting stops, holding out hope that commerce ultimately may trump politics. This bracelet, because of its size and weight, looks striking when worn over the sleeve of a sweater or over long gloves. It is in excellent condition, with only slight wear to surface detailing on one line of animals. The bracelet measures 3-1/4" (8 cm) in length, and 1-1/2" (6 cm) in diameter.