Indian Golden-Bead Single-Strand Necklace
22K gold plate, with a matte finish. Length approx. 17 in. The tradition of Indian jewelry making is characterized by a vast and complex heritage spanning at least five thousand years, and embodies a rich cultural significance far beyond the intrinsic value of the precious materials. Early Sanskrit texts emphasize the symbolic meanings attributed to gems and metals. Gold, first among precious things and associated with the sun, symbolizes the Hindu goddess of good fortune, Lakshmi. Our necklace is adapted from an Indian original from the 18th–19th century in the Museum's collection, featuring five graduated strings of close-strung, multi-faceted gold beads.
|Dimensions: W: 5.25" H: 17.5" D: 3.5" (13cm x 44cm x 9cm)|
|Dimensions: W: 6.5" H: 11.5" D: 3.25" (17cm x 29cm x 8cm)|
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