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Indian Flexible Silver Bracelet (Lahsan ke Pahunchian)

India
circa 1900

outer diameter: 7.6cm, internal diameter: 4.5cm, thickness: 1.4cm, weight: 140g

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Provenance

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

This unusual bracelet comprises many silver spiky units each of which is said to represent a sprouting clove of garlic (lahsan).

Each segment has been strung on orange -red cotton cord.

It opens with a screw mechanism which turns clockwise to open.

A related example is illustrated in Untracht (1997, p. 258) wo attributes it to the Punjab.

Bala Krishnan & Kumar (1999, p. 184) illustrate a gold example and attribute it to the Coorg people of 19th century South India. They do however agree that the segments are modelled on garlic.

The example here is in excellent condition.

References

Bala Krishnan, U.R., & M.S. Kumar, Dance of the Peacock: Jewellery Traditions of India, India Book House Ltd, 1999.

Untracht, O., Traditional Jewelry of India, Thames & Hudson, 1997.

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