This fine silver torque to be worn by a girl child around the neck is of high-grade silver, and set on the front and underside with alternating red and green faceted glass. It has been punched with various patterns. The finial ends are folded and shaped as lotus buds.
It is known as a hansuli, which refers to where it rests – on the collar bone.
The torque is heavy – it is solid rather than hollow.
Such rigid torques were given at birth and when the infant was old enough, they were worn every day until it was necessary to have a larger example.
The example here is in excellent condition. It is accompanied by a well-made black metal stand, and together, the stand and torque present as decorative and sculptural.
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