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Necklace of Brass Spools
Chin People, Western Burma
19th century

length in total: 68cm, weight: 161g

This unusual necklace comprises eight brass spiral beads or spools and eight long brass tubular beads. It is from the Chin people of Chin state in western
Burma, and also in what is now Mizoram state in North-Eastern India. The beads are strung on a cotton twine.

Similar belts/necklaces are illustrated in Richter (2000, p. 137) and Leurquin (2003, p. 245).

The necklace is stable and wearable. Each bead is smooth with wear and has a golden patina.

References:
Leurquin, A., A World of Necklaces: Africa, Asia, Oceania, America from the Ghysels Collection, Skira, 2003.
Richter, A.,
The Jewelry of Southeast Asia, Thames & Hudson, 2000.

Provenance: private collection, London.

Inventory no.: 4477 RESERVED

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