Leopard claws, worn as a charm to ward off evil, are set in a large silver pendant on this late 19th century necklace from Sri Lanka. Such necklaces were considered masculine jewelry and, along with earrings, armlets and anklets for males, regarded as status symbols and portable emblems of power as well. Two large claws and one claw tip are set into the bottom of the pendant. The upper two-thirds of the pendant is covered with rows of filigree work. It hangs from a long rope woven of fine silver wire and strung on either side of the pendant with four large silver beads interspersed with six beaded silver tubes. The necklace is in very good condition. Dimensions: length of chain 25" (64 cm); pendant height 2 3/4" (7 cm), width 3 1/3" (8 cm), depth 1/4" (1 cm).