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    Malay-Thai Gold Bracelet with Diamonds, Rubies & Emeralds (Rantai Tangan)

    Malay People, Patani, Southern Thailand
    19th century

    circumference: 16.8cm, width: 1.2cm, weight: 18g

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    Provenance

    private collection

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    This elegant, fine high-carat, solid-gold bracelet is set with dozens of rose-cut diamonds, emeralds and rubies.

    The form is akin to the spine of a snake.

    The bracelet has a screw closing mechanism.

    Such fine, gem-set gold was made for a wealthy Malay lady in Patani, the Malay sultanate located in what is now southern Thailand. Gold items directly attributable to Patani are rare.

    The Textile Museum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, has on display an essentially identical bracelet attributed to Patani.

    The bracelet here is in fine, wearable condition. It is refined and beautiful.

    References

    Richter, A., The Jewelry of Southeast Asia, Thames & Hudson, 2000.

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