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Inscribed, Flexible Silver Armlet (Bazuband)

Rajasthan, India
19th-early 20th century

length of silver band: 12.6cm, width: 6.3cm, weight: 114g

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Provenance

private UK collection.

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.

References

van Cutsem, A., A World of Bracelets: Africa, Asia, Oceania, America, Skira, 2002.

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

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