Antique Tibetan Woman’s Belt Buckle for Apron, Pendant Necklace, 56cm (22 1/2″) Silver Snake Chain, 75 Grams
A Rare Collectors Item:
This is an antique (late 19th century or early 20th century) large silver traditional decorative Tibetan Woman’s belt buckle clasps for aprons. Women wear dark-coloured wrap dresses over a blouse, and a colourfully striped, woven wool apron, called pangden and signals that she is married. They are a multi-coloured, striped apron and are usually three panels and the colours can range from shades of one color to a full-on rainbow.
The belt buckle resembles the front of a Tibetan woman’s Gau, backed by two hooks that are fixed into the woollen apron and is a heavy, high grade silver 92.5% approx. with filigree work and nine genuine turquoise cabochon in a bezel setting, and a 56cm (22 1/2") high grade silver snake chain.
The outer perimeter is delineated with silver beaded wire, which serves to reinforce the form. This is followed by an outer row of very fine filigree endless knots, the second row a heavier chain of endless knots, surrounding a stylized lotus bud, symbol of purity and spiritual power, with a central turquoise. The lotus bud hangs upside down as the bottom bale is used for hanging.
All the round silver beads covering the joins are the Yin-Yang symbol (or contrary influences) and represent the belief that everything in the universe consists of two forces that are opposing but complementary.
Width: 9.5 cm (3 3/4")
Height: 7.5 cm (3″)
Pendant Weight: 55.6 Grams (1.96 oz.)
High Grade Silver Snake Chain: 56 cm (22 1/2"), 19.5 Grams (0.685 oz.)
Tested: High Grade Silver