Antique Indian Armlet, Bracelet, Low Grade Silver 50-80%, “Vauk” Armlet, Madhya Pradesh, 274.6 Grams
RARE: Beautifully preserved, early 20th century, Indore, Madhya Pradesh
This is a magnificent low grade silver armlet (called Vauk), traditionally worn by Maharatta and Gujarati women of the Raval community.
The semi flexible body of a broad, beautifully braided silver wire band, and hand drawn by a master craftsman, has a central focal ornament, a beautifully etched domed stylized open lotus flower, behind which is the concealed closing device.
The bracelet opens slightly by a sliding pin and is semi flexible to stretch open a little. It is large enough to slip over the hand. It is quite heavy and very loose to wear at the wrist.
It can be worn halfway up the forearm and stays in place (as detailed in the last listing photo) although heavy on the arm. It can also be worn on the upper arm - as a armlet as it was originally made for.
Inside diameter: 7cm (2 3/4")
Inner Circumference : 21cm (8 1/4")
Height of the bracelet: 6.5cm (2 1/2")
Weight: 274.6 Grams (9.685 oz)
Tested for Low grade silver - 50-80%