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    Indian Kutch Silver Torque (Varloh or Hansuli)

    Kutch, Gujarat, India
    19th century-early 20th century

    internal diameter: 12.5cm x 11cm, weight: 670g

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    Provenance

    UK art market

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    This robust torque made from thick silver wire and wires wrapped with finer silver wire was worn by a range of women in the Kutch area of Gujarat, including both Hindu and Muslim women.

    Such a prominent article of jewellery typically was presented to a bride as part of her dowry by either her father or prospective father-in-law. Torques of this type generally were the centrepiece of a bride’s dowry jewellery.

    Of ‘C’ form, it comes apart at the front where it is kept closed with a catch.

    Similar examples are illustrated in Untracht (1997, p. 229), Barnard (2008, p. 30) and Borel (1994, p. 135).

    The example here is in excellent condition.

    References

    Barnard, N., Indian Jewellery, V&A Publishing, 2008.

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

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

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