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    Rajasthani Pair of Knitted Silver Wire Bracelets (Bala)

    Rajasthan, India
    early 20th century

    internal diameter at widest point: 8.5cm, combined weight: 189g

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    Provenance

    Dutch art market

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    This very fine pair of bracelets known as bala is of high-grade silver wire that has been knitted into flexible tubes.

    Each tube is joined by a pair of silver snub-nosed makara heads with a pull-out closing mechanism between the heads.

    Such bracelets were worn in Rajasthan.

    See Untracht (1997, p. 252) for a single bala bracelet.

    The pair is in excellent condition.

    References

    Untracht, O., Traditional Jewelry of India, Thames & Hudson, 1997.

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