Antique Sri Lanka Silver Pendant, Padakam, Sinhalese, Kandy, Snake Chain, 46cm, 16.6 Grams
RARE: The jewellery of Sri Lanka constitutes a distinctive subgroup within the context of Indian ornamentation. This is a very fine example of a pendant traditionally worn by Sinhales women from Kandy, the old capital city in Sri Lanka's central highlands, (formerly Ceylon). It is known as in the "Kandyan Tradition" style with the high relief repousse silver metalwork.
The repousse is a metalworking technique in which a malleable metal is ornamented or shaped by hammering from the reverse side to create a design in high relief. The detail is exceptional for such a small pendant with the Sri Lankan silversmiths known for their exquisite jewellery making.
The pendant is quite small - 3.5cm in length, slightly convex with a separate backing plate and hollow and entirely covered with a floral motif surrounded by interlacings scrolling vines and a center stylized lotus or lily. It has a row of finely attached silver bead dangles.
The water lily was declared the national flower of Sri Lanka. The flower is considered a symbol of truth, purity and discipline. It has a lovely soft silver patina that high silver content jewellery achieves after decades of wear. The pendant has a sturdy hook bale and floral unit added. The pendant has been strung on an 45cm (18") Indian sterling silver 2mm snake chain with an S clasp for closing. The end of the chain unscrews at the cap to allow the chain to slip through a small bale.
Length: 3.5 cm (9")
Height: including Dangles 3.5 cm (1 5/8")
Pendant Weight: 7.5 Grams (0.265 oz.)
Snake Chain Weight: 9.1 Grams (0.32 oz.)
Snake Chain Length: 45 cm (18") Tested for High Grade Silver