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Indian Flexible Diamond & Enamelled Gold Bracelet (Pahunchiyan or Dasti)

North India
late 19th-20th century

length (or circumference when closed): 16.4cm, width at widest point: 1.8cm, weight: 45.84g

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Provenance

UK art market

This fine and impressive flexible bracelet comprises three rows of large, foil-backed, table-cut diamonds (66 diamonds in total) set kundun-style in gold. The reverse is enamelled with red and white flower motifs.

It is from northern India, possibly Rajasthan.

Dating such bracelets can be difficult. Most date to either the 19th or 20th centuries. The bracelet is opened and closed by means of a screw which turns anti-clockwise to close (this being the earlier, traditional way, which is opposite to how screws turn in Europe).

The bracelet is in fine condition and with only minimal losses to the enamel on the reverse.

References

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

Bala Krishnan, U.R., Jewels of the Nizams, Department of Culture, Government of India, 2001.

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