4955

Pair of Solid-Cast Silver Lion-Headed Bangles

India, either Rajasthan or Himachal Pradesh
early 20th century

external width across: 8.8cm, combined weight: 652g

Provenance

Formerly in the collection of the late Paul Walter; most probably acquired by Walter in London.

This pair of bangles are made from solid-cast silver. Being solid, they are noticeably heavy. Van Cutsem (2002, p. 349) remarks that such heavy examples probably were not worn but were used as a store of wealth.

The bug-eyed, lion head terminals seem to be a Scythian device suggesting influence from ancient Persia.

A similar pair are illustrated in van Cutsem (2002, p. 206).

The pair are in fine condition.

References

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

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