Amazing silver enameled necklace from India - Himachal Pradesh.
This style of necklace from Himachal Pradesh, referred to as ‘chandr ahaar‘ or ‘chandraseni har‘, consists of 5 long silver chains linked by engraved or enameled silver plaques and pendants.
The central pendant commonly contain motifs of the mother goddess or – like this piece – a tree of life, flanked by two birds.
The name of the triangular pieces at the end are samosa, the rectangular pieces tukri, the triangular pendant in the center has hanging tiny bells, called ghungroo, they make a soft jingle noise when you wear the necklace.
The necklace was traditionally worn by women of the Kullu tribe in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh on festivals.
You can see similar samples in "Traditional jewelry of India" by Oppi Untracht.
The necklace has lovely patina, I kept it in a box for many years and I only gave it a wash with soft soap and water.
The necklace is in very good condition.
High grade silver. The silver has been tested with acid, + 800 Silver, No mark.
Weight: 537 grams.
Width: 6,5 cm ( 2.6").
Total Height: 57 cm (22").
Necklace around neck length: 100 cm ( 39").
Center pendant is 11,5 x 8 cm (4.6" x 3.2")
- Region/ country
- Himachal Pradesh, India
- Silver +800
- 1st half 20th century
- Excellent condition, barely used with minimal signs of wear
- Sold with stand
- 57×8×100 cm
- 537 g