Constructed with military precision, this powerful necklace looks like a breastplate with its curtains of chains framing its central panel of filigree plaques. It is a necklace that is rich in texture ... from the knitted chains to the open wirework of the panel, from the flat surfaces of the pendants to the facetted glass stones...all of which react to light in different ways. It is also a necklace of controversial provenance, coming, as it does, from the area of south east Afghanistan where the territory of the Baluchs merges with that of the Pashtuns and where there are many cultural similarities. I was firmly told that it was a Baluchi necklace. Early to mid twentieth century. Dimensions: 19x40.3cm. Weight: 603g.
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