This silver Pashtun torque from Afghanistan is decorated with opposing snakes' heads for the protection of the wearer. The remainder of the unusual decoration follows a floral theme with flowers in pots and small gardens. Two tear-shaped turquoise cabochons are placed at each end of the engraving where the plain silver begins. From the bottom of the ring there are numerous small pendants: some in the form of decorative round stamped platelets and others in the form of leaves bearing verses from the Koran. The number of leaves suggests that this is a prayer for a successful pregnancy. Dimensions: 15x32cm. Around 1930.
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