Antique Sri Lanka Silver Tubular Prayer Box, Amulet Case, 52 cm (20″) Silver Snake Chain, 27.5 Grams
The jewellery of Sri Lanka constitutes a distinctive subgroup within the context of Indian ornamentation.
This is a late 19th or early 20th century hexagonal tube amulet case from Sri Lanka. The outer case is fashioned from a silver stamped sheet.
The tube is ornamented with five 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 box slips out at one end and has a silver plated copper cylinder for the insertion of magical protective objects and “mantras”. This type of double tube is also used in South Indian prayer boxes.
It has a lovely aged patina and shows signs of wear from use of the decades and rare to find.
The amulet case has been strung it on a 52 cm (20") Indian high grade silver snake chain.
The prayer box has been silver tested for high grade silver 92.5% plus.
Length: 6.5 cm (2 5/8")
Heigh: 2cm (7/8")
Weight: 27.5 Grams
Outer Case Tested for High Grade Silver
Snake Chain: 52 cm (20")