Antique Sri Lanka Necklace, Sri Lankan Mugappu Side Pendant Necklace, 50cm (19 1/2″), 112 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"? The granulation and filigree attain perfection in this beautifully wrought necklace".
This is a 19th century, silver bead necklace from Sri Lanka, (formerly Ceylon), known as a Mugappu side pendant necklace.
The centre-piece (mugappu) is worn just below the right collar bone, so that it is clearly visible over the edge of a sari.
This necklace has only 19 hollow (no wax element) and decorated silver beads and is 50 cm (19 1/2") long. Some other examples of this necklace are considerably longer. The high grade silver beads are quite heavy and strung on a cotton cord.
The necklace is in original condition and the handmade silver beads have been considerably dented over time and some of the beads have been repaired with silver patches and some have a few holes. There is extensive silver tarnishing on the necklace.
I acquired this necklace as it is a rare example of this type of Sri Lankan jewellery and hard to find today.
The front center piece, 7.5 cm (3") is decorated with an applied flower, fine filigree, granulation and silver twisted wire. The necklace unlocks with a screw through the center back and the original locking pin is missing. (There is an improvised clip for closing.)
Centre Bead Width: 7.5 cm (3")
Centre Bead Height; 2.8 cm (1 1/8")
Beads Length: 2 cm (7/8")
Beads Width: 1.7 cm (6/8")
Necklace length: 49.5 cm (19 1/2")
Weight: 112 Grams