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Himachal Pradesh Enamelled Silver Multi-Strand Necklace

Kangra District, Himachal Pradesh, India
early 20th century

circumference: approximately 51cm, weight: 458g

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Provenance

private Dutch collection

This very striking and wearable necklace of six strands comprises six main green and blue enamelled silver plaques; two triangular enamelled silver end plaques; twenty smaller, fleur-de-lys shaped enamelled silver plaques of varying size; dozens of faceted silver beads; and twelve orange-yellow glass beads.

The lower two main plaques are decorated with figures of what is probably Vishnu. The upper four plaques are decorated with pairs of feet, these being symbolic of Vishnu and known as Vishnupada.

A similar example (but with fewer plaques) is illustrated in Leurquin (2003, p. 239).

The necklace retains its original plaited cream cord ball and loop closure.

References

Leurquin, A., A World of Necklaces: Africa, Asia, Oceania, America from the Ghysels Collection, Skira, 2003.

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