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Large & Spectacular Indian Silver & Turquoise Amulet Necklace with Suspended Indian Coins (Chandan Har)

India, probably Rajasthan
circa 1940

length: 75cm, width of talisman holder: 18cm, weight: 1,928g



UK art market

This impressive, large silver necklace, weighing almost two kilograms, comprises triangular and rectangular turquoise-set spacer panels, linked together by a series of wrapped twisted-wire attachments.

Each panel is of solid silver sheet with applique work and stones in box settings. Each has silver braid rope attachments terminating in Indian 1/4 rupee coins dated 1939-1942, and 1/2 rupee coins dated 1939.

A chased silver, crescent-shape talisman holder is attached to the necklace and this  has a fringe of more than 30 1/4 rupee silver coins of similar date attached.

The ends of the talisman holder can be removed to allow the insertion of protective scripture.

Examples of other necklaces attributed to Rajasthan and with a similar construction and with large, crescent-shaped talismanic boxes are illustrated in Hoek (2004, p. 160) and Borel (1994, p. 138).

The necklace here is in very good condition. There are minor losses but these are somewhat lost among the profusion.  This is a wonderful, decorative display or collector’s piece.


Borel, F., The Splendour of Ethnic Jewelry: From the Colette and Jean-Pierre Ghysels Collection, Thames & Hudson, 1994.

Gerlach, M. (ed.), Primitive and Folk Jewelry, (originally published in 1906), Dover Publications, 1971

Hoek, C., et al, Ethnic Jewellery: From Africa, Asia and Pacific Islands, Pepin Press, 2004.

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