Antique Indian Prayer Box, Taviz, Antique Sri Lanka Beads Necklace, 105 cm (27″), 105 Grams
This is a beautifully made most probably early to mid 20th century necklace. It has components from India and Sri Lanka with a high grade silver prayer box amulet from Gujarat or Rajasthan and antique Sri Lanka silver beads and garnets.
The center amulet taviz is in the round tube shape with six decorative bales. The amulet container is sealed and hollow with no wax element and quite heavy at approx. 30 grams approx. The granulation and decorative patterns on the front is very fine and of an exceptionally high standard.
The taviz prayer box necklace has six antique Sri Lanka silver beads in between very old round purple (grape) garnets - the drilling holes have worn edges. I have identified the Sri Lanka beads as being from the southern part of Sri Lanka and are beautifully executed with the twisted open wire and granulation.
There are 12 very small copper over silver cornerless cube beads, two small fluted beads and two tiny granulated beads. It has a traditional shape Sri Lanka decorated 'S' clasp for closing.
There is heavy silver tarnish on the beads and prayer box - but will polish up beautifully. The beads acid tested for 80-90% silver approx. and the twisted wire on the beads tested 92.5% silver. The Snake chain tested 92.5% silver. The taviz tested 80-92.5% silver.
Box Amulet Height: 2.5 cm (1")
Amulet Box Width: 5.5 cm (2 1/4")
Necklace Length: 105 cm (27")
Garnets: 6 mm
Large Sri Lanka Beads: 2.2 cm (7/8")
Tested: High Grade Silver
Weight: 105 grams approx.