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ANTIQUE BRITISH INDIA HALF RUPEE NECKLACE, HIMACHAL PRADESH
High Grade Silver, 195 grams (6.885oz), RARE
This necklace is 80 years approx. and of high grade silver with antique British India half rupee silver coins and six quarter rupee coins, from Himachal Pradesh in northern India. It has been strung on a strong fine high grade silver rope chain with an S claps for closing. The 14 half rupees on the necklace show the denomination and dates from 1914 –1939 within a circle, and flower surrounds, and on the front side is a crowned bust of George V King Emperor (1910-1936), and George V1 King Emperor (1936-1952). There are six quarter rupee coins with dates 1876 to 1936, three are crowned bust of George V King Emperor (1910-1936), one Emperor and King Edward V11 (1901-1910) and two of Queen Victoria, Empress, coin dates 1876 and 1886. The coinage changed from ‘Victoria Queen’ to ‘Victoria Empress’ in 1877. The center coin is an old British India BENGAL PRESIDENCY Rupee. The total weight of the necklace is 195 grams (6.885oz.). The necklace can be worn either side but the floral units are on the face side. The length of the necklace is 27″ (69cm).
A COLLECTOR’S ITEM
LADAKH, DROKPA or BROKPA TRIBE AMULET, CAST GILT BRONZE
Width: 11 cm (4 1/4″), Height: 12.5 cm (5″), Weight: 112 Grams, (3.950oz.)
RARE: Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir State, India c. early to 1940’s amulet. This is a very rare large slighty convex amulet, cast gilt bronze. This is a distincively Dropka, Brokpa, Ladakh amulet worn to offer protection. The jewellery of the Drokpas do not allow any new or old ornaments to be sold outside the community. Dah, or Dha, and Hanu are two villages of the Brokpa of the Leh District in Ladakh in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir. Drokpa (or Brokpa) community is considered as the last race of Aryans, confined to the Dha valley. Their features are pure Indo Aryan and they have preserved their racial purity down the centuries. Around 2,500 Drokpas live in three small villages in a disputed territory between India and Pakistan. The only fertile valley of Ladakh. The Drokpas are completely different– physically, culturally, linguistically and socially – from the Tibeto-Burman inhabitants of most of Ladakh.
ANTIQUE BHUTAN KOMA BROOCH, BHUTANESE FIBULA
10kt Gilded over Metal Alloy, Himalayan Pendant, 39 Grams (1.375 oz.)
RARE: A mixed metal with 10kt gilt (now mostly worn off) Buddhist Symbols Bhutanese dress or cloak fasteners with inset of 1 small coral (glass)? stone, known as koma and is of openwork attached to a thick sheet backing plate. These are very hard to find because the Bhutanese authorities strictly prohibit the export of antiques and items related to religious history out of the country. This brooch has obvious wear and age from decades of actual use. The contours of the koma has been softened and has a superb patina, front and back. It is of characteristic traditional design and are used to fasten the kira, the garment of Bhutanese women, at the shoulders. The kira was worn wrapped around the body and secured with a wide woven belt or kera.
ANTIQUE TIBETAN GAU BOX, LHASA STYLE, LARGE
High Grade Silver Front, Metal Back, Turquoise, 124.3 Grams (4.385 oz.)
Height: 12 cm ( 4 1/2″), Width: 12.5 cm (5″), Depth: 2.5 cm (1″)
This is a vey old classic Lhasa style box. The turquoises chips have not yet lost their luminousity. Over time the gau has lost several turquoise stones and there are several turquoise replacements. The 19th century Tibetan ga’u box whose form of two intersecting squares symbolize two crossed dorjes, symbol of the ultimate stability of Buddhahood. This style of Gau box was worn by women and popular in and around Lhasa, Tibet and Sikkim in northern India. The four sides are decorated with filigree. The back metal backing plate is in tact and fits well.
VINTAGE RAJASTHANI HOOP EARRINGS
Silver Goldwashed, Glass Stones, 61.2 Gms (2.160 oz.)
This is a pair of mid 20th century traditional, high grade silver, hooped earrings from the Rajasthan area in northern India.These earrings are very detailed and rather heavy at 31 grams (1.08 oz.) each, being a total weight of 61.2 grams. The design of floral at the top is inset with coloured glass stone.The gold washed row of floral units and birds above the silver bells are still in very good condition. The small bells are beautifully made and delicate, with the old style ring clips securing them to the back rings. There are five bells attached to each back ring making for a full bell fringe.
ANTIQUE SHIVA LINGAM CONTAINERS
Portable Shrine Caskets
The Lingayats, a reformist Shaiva sect (also known as the Virashaivas), are thought to have been founded by the 12th century social reformer Basavanna. He rejected all the strictures of caste and ritual, emphasizing instead an egalitarian society based on devotion to Shiva. His ideas are propounded in ‘vacanas’ or short verses written, not in Sanskrit, but in the local vernacular, Kannada. The Lingayats acknowledge no human icon of Shiva, but instead always carry with them a small linga in an amulet box which is hung around the neck. Quote from : Blurton 1992.
Reference: Ayigalu Pendant, south India, C. 1850. A portable shrine, the carved rock crystal case encrusted with rubies and emeralds houses a Shiva lingam. A rock crystal bull (Nandi sits on top of the hinged lid. Dance of the Peacock, Jewellery Traditions of India, Page 197
19th CENTURY SHIVA LINGAM CASKET (AYIGULA), CHAUKA FORM
Heavy, High Grade Silver, 241 Grams (8.50 oz.)
Width: 9.5 cm (3 3/4″) Height: 8 cm (3″), Chain Length: 67 cm (26 1/2″)
This lingam casket (ayigula) is in the form called chauka, in reference to its rectangular shape whose top cover rises upwards at opposite ends to tapering points meant to suggest a bull’s horns, symbolic of Nandi the bull. Nandi is Shiva’s primary vehicle who serves as the mount of Lord Shiva. It has been made in two parts that are held together when the box is suspended from the chain.
ANTIQUE SHIVA LINGAM CASKET, (AYIGULA), CHAUKA FORM
Heavy, High Grade Silver, 105 Grams (3.75 oz.)
Width: 7.5 cm (3″), Height: 5.5 cm (2 1/4″), Chain Length: 76 cm (30″)
The lingam casket dates from the early c.1900’s and has been very well preserved and used for the purpose for which it was made. It has an excellent patina and with contours softened and worn down by wear and use.
ANTIQUE SHIVA LINGAM CASKET, (AYIGALU or SHIVADHARA)
Ovoid Form, High Grade Silver, Heavy at 119.1 Grams, 73 cm (29″) Snake Chain
This is a very fine, heavy at 120 grams Ovoid high grade Silver Lingam Casket (ayigalu or shivadhara) in the “round pot” shape. Because of the heavy weight this Lingam Casket hangs beautifully when wearing. This is the most common type worn by Lingayat laypeople. The bottom section is embellished with a round ball finial. The central sphere of the box is flanked by two projecting rectangular sides with conical lower sections- these also are embellished with round ball finals as well.
A COLLECTOR’S ITEM
19th CENTURY SOUTH INDIA AMULET BOX, KARNATAKA
High Grade Silver, Width: 11.5 cm (4 5/8″), Height: 5 cm (1 7/8″), 131.4 Gram (4.630 oz)
This is a beautiful antique, from the 19th century, large high grade silver round tubular amulet pendant container from Karnataka, South India and is 11.5cm (4 5/8″) long. The tube has three bands of repousse floral designs and very fine chasing. The applied top section has eight decorative bales with lotus bud finals. The box has decorative lotus bud finals on each end. The center is ornamented with the the Gandaberunda (also known as the Berunda) is a two-headed mythological bird of Hindu mythology thought to possess magical strength. The box unscrews at one end and has a copper outer cylinder for the insertion of magical protective objects and mantras. There is also another brass cylinder to seal the contents in.
19th CENTURY SOUTH INDIA AMULET, PRAYER BOX, ( KAPPU KUTTU), KERALA
57 cm (21″) High Grade Silver Chain, Width: 8 cm (3 1/4″), Height: 3.5 cm (1 1/4″)
86.8 Gram (3.06 oz.)
This is a beautiful antique, from the 19th century, large high grade silver round tubular amulet pendant, prayer box container from Kerala, South India. The tube has bands of very fine chasing which has now worn smooth. The applied top section has eleven decorative bales with round finals. The box unscrews at one end and has a silver cylinder for the insertion of magical protective objects and mantras.
ANTIQUE SOUTH INDIA SILVER BELT, KERALA
Can be worn as a Chain Necklace
A Solid, High Grade Silver, 72.4 cm (28 1/2″) 225 Grams (7.94 oz.)
This is a heavy in the hand, solid, high grade silver link handmade chain belt from Kerala, South India. This belt could also be worn as a necklace as detailed in the listing photos, although rather heavy. These type of belts were used in the 19th century by wealthy Kerala fishermen who wore it below the navel over the white dhoti (lower garment) to hold the dhoti up. The belt is of a very high quality and comprises one strand of thick, rectangular links that fit closely together and the ornamented center belt fastener opens to one side with a central screw pin mechanism.
ANTIQUE SRI LANKA NECKLACE, MUGAPPU SIDE PENDANT
Silver Fluted Beads, Cobalt Cut Glass Beads, 55 cm (21 1/2″)
This Sinhalese necklace strand dates from the early 19th century and has very rare beads from Kandy, (the old capital city in Sri Lanka’s central highlands – formerly Ceylon). The necklace is called a Mugappu side pendant necklace. The silver center mugappu clasp is worn just below the right collar bone, so that it is clearly visible over the edge of a sari. This necklace has 14 hollow (no wax element) high grade silver fluted beads with decorated lips, and also as I have not seen before a ring plate on the end of each lip. They are alternated with 13 cobalt blue cut glass beads.
ANTIQUE INDIAN NECKLACE, RAJASTHAN PRAYER BOX, TAVIZ
Silver Fluted Bicone Beads, Antique Lamwork Glass Beads, 58 cm (23 inch), 203 Grams (7.17oz.)
This is a beautifully made early to mid 20th century necklace although the beads and taviz are most probably much older. It has components from northern India and possibly Sri Lankan of silver hollow bicone beads and decorative spacer beads. The high grade silver prayer box amulet is from Rajasthan. There are eighteen high grade silver hollow fluted bicone beads alternatively strung with nineteen purple lampwork glass beads with silver dust and very small rose gold color seed beads. Because of the weight of the double strand beads it has a very secure hook for closing. It has a unidentified stamp on the ends.
ANTIQUE INDIAN NECKLACE, RAJASTHAN PRAYER BOX, TAVIZ
ANTIQUE SRI LANKA SILVER BEADS
Old Round Purple (Grape) Garnets, 105 cm (27″), 105 Grams (3.70 oz.)
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.