This unusual pair of anklets is from the Punjab area of what is now Pakistan. Such anklets were worn at weddings and other important events.
The hoops are of hollow sheet silver and have been chased and engraved with geometric patterns. The hoops end with rounded finials which hold rectangular plates of hammered sheet silver that are engraved with a central flower motif and stylised bird motifs in each of the four corners.
The anklets do not open but had to be slipped on over the toes and feet.
The two are in excellent condition and have a fine patina from age and wear.
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