Antique Nepalese Tharu Necklace, Cobalt Blue Wound Glass Beads, Mixed Metal Alloy Silver Center Bead, 115Grams
This is a antique handmade Nepalese, (Kakar-manka), mixed metal alloy and antique cobalt blue wound glass beads necklace from the Tharu women in the Dang District of Nepal.
The last listing photo illustrates the necklace. This style of necklace is also in the collection at the Quai Branly Museum. No. 71.1967.58.15 in Paris.
The centre bead is over 100 years old and the necklace on one side has been restrung at some stage - in a different colour cotton thread.
I have not polished the necklace, but the mixed metal alloy melon beads (8) and centre bead will polish up beautifully.
The 10 cobalt blue wound glass beads really catch the light and are also probably late 19th to early 20th century. It has old leather extensions and a button for closing.
The central bead measures: 6.5cm (2 1/2")
The necklace weighs 115 grams (4.050oz.).
The necklace length: 47cm - (18 1/2")