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Ladakh Salmon Coral Necklace

Ladakh Salmon Coral Necklace

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Ladakhis, early to mid. 20th century, Nyo or Chanthang area, Ladakh region, India.

Absolutely stunning antique coral and silver/silvered heirloom necklace with newer and older elements The jewellery of Ladakh is unique and distinctive. Ladakhi woman wears a chatelaine (tsundus), and from the belt around her waist, she hangs one or a pair of a silver or brass disc (dodchas) usually bearing the endless knot of good  fortune, from which six or seven lines of cowrie shells are strung with little bells at the end. Earrings (a-long) can take different shapes. Around her neck she wears one, two or three necklaces (skecha). One is typically an amulet of silver or gold and set with turquoise or coral hung on a string of pearls. A second necklace may be of strands of coral, turquoise, amber, and mother-of-pearl beads. A third may consist of a series of small silver amulets, oval in shape and joined together by a strand of small coral beads. Around her wrists she wears a pair of conch-shell bracelets (tunglak).

The delicate necklace is elaborately decorated with rectangular patterned coin silver (untested) spacers (14), three rows of fine tubular orange/salmon coral beads (85) and small round silver beads (44). At the base of the necklace is a delicate fringe of spear-shaped silver amulets (26). The hollow amulets on the bottom represent the flower bud from evergreen champak (Magnolia champaca) tree which grows in the Northern part of India. It exemplifies the adoption of auspicious flowers in jewelry design because they are believed to possess the power of repelling evil spirits and promote fertility. The necklace is suspended from two silver chains, and finished with a hook and ring. excellent condition. Age-related minimal wear and signs of use. Size approx. 38,5cm x 5,5cm. 

Provenance: Finnish private collection

References and further reading:

Jewellery in Ladakh, Sahapedia, Published on: 17 March 2021.(

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