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Solid, Chiselled Silver Torque (Hansuli)
Rajasthan, India
19th century

internal diameter (across): 14.5cm, weight: 124g

Rajasthan is the likely place of origin in India for this torque. However, related neck ornaments were also used in Himachal Pradesh.

Similar examples are illustrated in Untracht (1997, p. 227), Leurquin (2003, p, 208), and Singh (2009, p. 115).

It is of solid silver (it is not hollow) and has been chiselled and incised with various lobes and geometric patterning. The ends have been curled around and
terminate with bud-like terminals.

It would have been worn by boys and young men.

It is in excellent condition and has wear and a patina consistent with age.

References:
Leurquin, A.,
A World of Necklaces: Africa, Asia, Oceania, America from the Ghysels Collection, Skira, 2003.
Hoek, C.,
et al, Ethnic Jewellery: From Africa, Asia and Pacific Islands, Pepin Press, 2004.
Singh, C. (ed.),
Treasures of the Albert Museum, Jaipur, Mapin Publishing, 2009.
Untracht, O.,
Traditional Jewelry of India, Thames & Hudson, 1997.

Provenance: private collection, UK.

Inventory no.: 3959

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