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Silver Saddle Ring (Tagam) with Black Cabochon Stone
Tibet
19th century

length of bezel: 3.3cm, weight: 14.4g, ring size M/N (UK), 6.25 (US)

This fine, old Tibetan saddle ring (tagam) comprises a hoop and bezel of silver set with copper skull motifs on either side  of the bezel and a large, prominent
black stone cabochon set in a gilded box setting. It is further decorated with incised cross-hatching, foliate chasing, and applied granulation work.

The applied copper skull motifs are unusual.

Such rings were worn in the hair, usually by men as hair rings to secure a single large plait which would be wrapped around their head, but today are more
likely to be worn on a finger.

Such rings are known as 'saddle' rings because their shape looks like a Tibetan saddle.

References:
Clarke, J.,
Jewellery of Tibet and the Himalayas, V&A Publications, 2004.

Provenance: UK art market

Inventory no.: 4580 SOLD

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