Antique Sri Lankan Necklace or South Indian, Taviz, Prayer Box Necklace, 51cm (20″) Chain, 75Gms
RARE: I have dated the necklacet from another fine necklace example in The National Museum of Scotland - as this is the only example of this type of Sri Lankan Taviz prayer box I have seen. Refer the last listing photo.
The jewellery of Sri Lanka constitutes a distinctive subgroup within the context of Indian ornamentation.
This is a necklace circa 19th century - very rare - with five silver taviz prayer box pendants and six high grade silver hollow fluted bicone beads alternatively strung on a fine high grade silver Snake Chain with a S hook for closing.
The granulation work and filigree is of an exceptionally high standard and each taviz being decorated differently on all sides.
The necklace hangs very well as it is quite heavy at 75 Grams.
Length: Silver Taviz Beads: 3.7 cm (1 1/2")
Length: Silver Bicone Beads: 1.7 cm (5/8")
Taviz Beads Length: 23 cm (9")
Silver Snake Chain: 51 cm (20")
Weight: 75 Grams (2.645 oz.)
Tested for High Grade Silver