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This delightful, hinged bracelet is from Andhra Pradesh. The central lotus motif includes a raised central boss that is parcel-gilded and possibly part enamelled with dark lac. The central lotus is surrounded by four peacocks and engraved feathery foliage. It is also pierced.
The band is hinged and opens with a long screw mechanism which turns anti-clockwise to close. The band is chased with bands of ropework to emulate a multi-link band.
A related, less refined example is illustrated in van Cutsem (2002, p. 201) and another is in Untracht ( 1997, p. 253).
The example here has a fine patina and plenty of signs of age. It is robust and stable. It would fit a lady with a small wrist.
van Cutsem, A., A World of Bracelets: Africa, Asia, Oceania, America, Skira, 2002.
Untracht, O., Traditional Jewelry of India, Thames & Hudson, 1997.