Antique Sri Lanka Silver Lac Beads Necklace, Sinhalese Necklace, 57cm (22 1/2″), 147 Grams
The jewellery of Sri Lanka constitutes a distinctive subgroup within the context of Indian ornamentation.
Quote: "The eclecticism and technical virtuosity shown in the jewellery of the regions are simply inconceivable. Is it not said that Sri Lanka is "the tear of India"?
This is a 19th century, silver lac beads necklace made with a thin outer silver layer over an inner wax substance from Sri Lanka, (formerly Ceylon) and from the old capital city of Kandy in the island's central highlands.
There are twenty five large cube and fluted melon beads graded in size and thirty silver spacer beads (also filled with lac). Some have the old method of dove tailing in the joins. Just beautiful.
The necklace has been strung on a fine but sturdy silver twisted wire and has a "S" hook clasp for closing.
The necklace is quite heavy at 147 Grams.
The necklace is in excellent condition with quite some silver tarnish.
This type of Sri Lankan necklace is very hard to find today - and I have only seen Museum examples.
Weight: 147 Grams (5.18 oz.)
Centre Bead: 1.5cm (3/4") x 2.5 (1")
Necklace length: 57 cm (22 1/2")