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Pair of Pashtun Silver Bracelets

Pashtun People, Northern India/Pakistan
circa 1900

Outside diameter at widest point: 9cm, inside diameter at widest point: 5cm, thickness: 1.6cm, combined weight: 228g

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Provenance

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

Bracelets or bangles such as this pair are relatively uncommon. Few have been published. They were worn by the Pasthun people (also known as Pathans) of what is today Pakistan, and also Afghanistan.

Of flattened ‘C’ form, they are heavy for their size, and are made from thick sheet silver with applied silver plaques and other decorative elements. Each also has two red and one green glass cabochons in box settings.

Related examples are illustrated in Seiwert (2009, p. 188)

Both are in excellent condition with ample signs of age and wear.

References

Seiwert, W.D., Jewellery from the Orient: Treasures from the Bir Collection, Arnoldsche Art Publishers, 2009.

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