Tibetan, Himachal Pradesh Pendant
This is an antique (late 19th century or early 20th century) large silver traditional decorative Heirloom from Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, Woman’s cloak clasp or belt clasp. Women wear dark-coloured wrap dresses over a blouse, and a colourfully striped, woven wool waist band.
The belt clasp resembles the front of a Tibetan or Himachal Pradesh woman’s Gau Box backed by two hooks that are fixed into the woollen belt or cloak and is a heavy, high grade silver 92.5% approx. with filigree work and nine genuine turquoise cabochon in a bezel setting, and a 46 cm (18") 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: 3 mm, 46 cm (18"), 11 Grams
Tested: High Grade Silver