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Inscribed, Flexible Silver Armlet (Bazuband)
19th-early 20th century
length of silver band: 12.6cm, width: 6.3cm, weight: 114g
Flexible arm bands (today these can be worn as bracelets) in this style come from Rajasthan. Called bahutta by local Muslims, they tended to be worn on the
upper arm just above the elbow by women. The silver band was worn on the outer part of the arm and kept in place by a woollen or cotton tie tied around the
rest of the arm.
This example comprises dozens of interlocking silver bands kept in place within a thick but flexible cord frame.
Similar examples are illustrated in Utracht (1997, p. 251) and van Cutsem (2002, p. 203).
The reverse is engraved at each end with a short inscription, probably naming the owner.
It is fine condition with obvious age and good patina.
van Cutsem, A., A World of Bracelets: Africa, Asia, Oceania, America, Skira, 2002.
Utracht, O., Traditional Jewelry of India, Thames & Hudson, 1997.
Provenance: private UK collection.
Inventory no.: 4568
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