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This striking and powerful large double silver torque or neckring has been made from pure silver (ie, a grade of silver that is better than sterling silver). It is from the Miao people of southern China and the ‘Golden Triangle’ region that encompasses the border areas of Thailand, Laos, Burma and China.
It comprises two separate bands made from woven strips of silver reminiscent of basketry weaving, overlaid with silver tubes arrayed in a zig-zag format. The ends are wound with silver wire and lead to a fine conical and coil catch mechanism.
This example is notable for its lightness, complexity and obvious patina. It also is among the finest old examples that we have seen.
It is a fine collectible, but also wearable.
Beringen, J. et al, The Art of Silver Jewellery: From the Minorities of China, the Golden Triangle, Mongolia and Tibet – The Rene van der Star Collection, Skira, 2006.