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Silver Makara Bracelet
Rajasthan or Madhya Pradesh, India
early 20th century

external diameter: 7.5cm, internal diameter: 5.1cm, weight: 98cm

This very fine bracelet, most probably from Rajasthan or Madhya Pradesh, has a well-made hollow hoop of sturdy silver wire knitted mesh, and two terminals
each in the shape of a
makara, the mythical aquatic serpent. This link with water suggests that this bracelet was imbued with properties associated with fertility
and prosperity.

The bracelet opens with a screw that is located between the
makaras. It is attached to the bracelet by means of the original silver chain.

The bracelet is in a fine, wearable condition.

van Cutsem, A., A World of Bracelets: Africa, Asia, Oceania, America, Skira, 2002.

Provenance: UK art market

Inventory no.: 5131 SOLD

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