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19th Century Ceremonial Necklace from Rajasthan


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Indian Subcontinent: India: Pre 1900: Item # 935760

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This exotic 19th century sterling silver ceremonial necklace from the opulent past of Rajasthan was once part of the collection of a high ranking Rajput family, most likely worn by a senior member of the clan on festival days. It is 92 percent sterling with a weight of 255 grams. Central to the imagery is a large disc formed by a crouching lion with an unusual extended hinged tongue that wags from side to side as the necklace wearer moves. Spreading to the left and right below the disc are antelope horns, each with a bird perched on its tip. Silver wire wrapped around a central core gives the horns a realistic look. A similarly wrapped piece, possibly representing a coronet for the antelope, connects the horns and is hung with swinging clusters of beads. Two more birds are perched atop the central disc, and a pendant crest hangs below it. The long silver chain is attached to the tails of two birds. Dating to about 1890, this collector’s piece is in excellent condition. Dimensions of the bird/lion/horn design: height 5 ½” (14 cm), width 6 ¼” (16 cm), depth 1 ¼” (3 cm). The length of the chain is 25” (64 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM