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South India, Tamil Nadu, ca 1900

A gold, flat, necklace, KARAI, consisting of braided chains of gold wire, joined by triangles of flattened gold balls. The gold centre piece, MOHAPPU, has an open worked design of a HAMSA, goose, surrounded by a floral pattern, kundan set with cabochon rubies  and diamond. Suspended from the pendant is an emerald drop.


Research report by Naturalis Biodiversity Centre available on request