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Indian Braided Silver Girdle & Amulet Box

Andra Pradesh, India
19th-early 20th century

length of chain: 60cm length of box: 9.4cm, weight: 178g

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Provenance

Collection of the late Paul Walter, New York, probably acquired in London.

Interestingly, this item is not a necklace and pendant, although it could be easily worn as one today, but was originally intended as a belt or girdle, to be worn about the waist.

It comprises a thick woven silver chain and a rectangular box with a rounded top which has a hinged lid topped by a bud-like finial.

Two large and decorative loops on each side allow the box to be suspended. The base of these are decorated with gardooning and applied floral plaques.

The underside of the box is beautifully formed with undulation and ribbing.

The box was intended to hold protective keepsakes to serve as a talisman and would have been worn by a Hindu woman.

A related example is illustrated in Daalder (2009, p. 318) and another is in Hoek (2004, p. 147).

The example here is in excellent condition, and today, is stable and wearable as a necklace.

References

Daalder, T., Ethnic Jewellery and Adornment: Australia, Oceania, Asia, Africa, Ethnic Art Press/Macmillan, 2009.
Hoek, C., et al, Ethnic Jewellery: From Africa, Asia and Pacific Islands, Pepin Press, 2004.

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