Vintage Sri Lanka Choker Necklace, Silver Gilt Padakam Pendant, 38 cm (15″) Choker, 56.2 Grams
The jewellery of Sri Lanka constitutes a distinctive subgroup within the context of Indian ornamentation.
This is an vintage, early to mid 20th century example of a small pakakam pendant traditionally worn by Sinhalese 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 gilt metalwork - almost three dimensional repousse.
The detail is exceptional with the Sri Lankan silversmiths known for their exquisite jewellery making.
The pendant is quite small - 4 cm (1 1/2") in length, slightly convex with a separate backing plate and entirely covered by interlacings scrolling vines. It is fringed with a row of finely attached by silver wire green faux deep green pearl bead dangles.
The choker linked chain decorated with floral units is 1.5 cm (5/8") wide. The choker has some weight to it at 56.2 grams. This ling chain has been made with great care and each link join has been individually soldered closed.
The ends terminate with a very secure sliding pin closure that works perfectly. The pin is hidden behind the front buckle ends. Each buckle end has been decorated with repousse floral designs.
It has a lovely soft patina. that high silver content jewellery achieves. This choker necklace was originally gilded over the front - but due to long wear most of the gilding has worn off now. Traces can still be seen in the crevices in the listing photos.
Pendant Width: 4 cm (1 1/2")
Center Pendant Drop: 6 cm (2 3/8")
Choker Necklace Length: 38 cm (15")
Pendant Weight: 56.2 Grams (1.980 oz.)
Tested for High Grade Silver