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