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Parcel-Gilt Bazuband
Northern India
18th century

length: 10cm, weight: 39g

This fine arm band or bazuband is of hammered silver that is parcel-gilt (partly plated in gold).  It comprises three sections hinged together, including a central
octagonal medallion which opens from the back so it can serve as an amulet box to hold protective Koranic talismans. It is flanked by two hinged bud-like
elements each which terminates with an eyelet to allow the
bazuband to be threaded onto cords that can then be tied around the upper arm.

bazuband dates to the eighteenth century and possibly earlier. Most probably it would have been worn by an aristocratic warrior. Bazubands in this
three-sectioned form are typical of northern India. The famous Koh-i-Nor diamond was at one stage set into a
bazuband of this form.

bazuband has its own custom-made stand for display. It is stable and wearable too and could be worn lengthwise as a pendant.

Bala Krishnan, U.R., & M.S. Kumar, Dance of the Peacock: Jewellery Traditions of India, India Book House Ltd, 1999.

Provenance:  UK art market

Inventory no.: 3227

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