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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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Comment by Thelma on April 23, 2017 at 15:36

Here is an enlargement of one of the most important features of the necklace: the sun-disc. It is decorated very simply and elegantly with golden concentric circles and set at the centre with a large glass stone which, with age, has lost its shine....almost hypnotic and I wonder about its origins.

Comment by Thelma on April 23, 2017 at 10:54

Here is a picture of the necklace as it came to me, with a heavy patina. A great deal of work for the polishing cloth! But it tells its age not only through its patina but also through the links that have been replaced and the crushed mango-shaped pendants at the end of the chains.

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