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    Punjabi Pair of Silver Anklets (Jhanhjar)

    Punjab, India/Pakistan
    early 20th century

    exterior diameter: 12.2cm, interior diameter: 9cm, combined weight: 377g

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    Sotheby's New York; Collection of (the late) Paul Walter; probably acquired by him in London.

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    This fine, matched pair of silver anklets is from the Punjab area of what is now Pakistan. Such anklets were worn at weddings and other important events. They are of hollow sheet silver and have been chased.

    The anklets are hinged, and open by means of a pull-out clip. The hoops have concave gadrooned sides, the upper sections of which are decorated with geometric patterns.

    The faces of the anklets are rectangular with large, raised bud-like finials against grounds decorated with flower motifs.

    Pairs of similar form are illustrated in Geoffroy-Schneiter (2011, p. 76) and van Cutsem (2001, p. 162).

    The pair here is in fine condition.


    van Cutsem, A., A World of Bracelets: Africa, Asia, Oceania, America, Skira, 2002.

    Geoffroy-Schneiter, B., Asian Jewellery: Ethnic Rings, Bracelets, Necklaces, Earrings, Belts, Head Ornaments, Skira, 2011.

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