Antique Sri Lanka Necklace, Silver Gilt Cylinder Amulets,Taviz, 53 cm (21″) Silver Gilt Snake Chain, 46.6 Grams
The jewellery of Sri Lanka constitutes a distinctive subgroup within the context of Indian ornamentation.
These are late 19th or early 20th century repousse cylinder amulet cases from Sri Lanka. The outer cases are fashioned from a high grade silver, heavy 18ct gilt, stamped sheets. This was probably part of a traditional Ceylonese amulet necklace.
One amulet case has cut out work as detailed in listing photo No. 3.
The cylinders are ornamented with bands of repousse floral designs. The top section has three bales. This type of floral design is used quite extensively in Sri Lankan jewellery, ornaments and metal wares. The flat ends have a small granule on each end.
The boxes open at one end the the silver gilt inner case slips out for the insertion of magical protective objects and “mantras”. This type of double tube is also used in South Indian prayer boxes.
They have a lovely aged patina and shows signs of wear from use of the decades and rare to find. There is some loss of gilding.
The amulet cases are strung on a 53 cm (21") Kandy, Sri Lanka rope from the 19th century. These older chains are not made in this style anymore - and the ropes were knitted by hand from threads of metal. The knitting is so precise that the silver gilt metal has the very fine feel of quality.
The prayer box cyliners have been silver tested for high grade silver 92.5% plus and 18ct gilt.
Length: 5.3 cm (2 1/8")
Height: 2.3 cm (7/8")
Weight: 16.8 Grams (0.595 oz)
Weight: 16.9 Grams (0.595 oz.)
Tested for High Grade Silver : Gold Gilt 18ct
Gilt Snake Chain Weight: 12.9 Grams (0.460 oz.)
Snake Chain Length: 53 cm (21")
Total Weight: 46.6 Grams (1.640 oz.)