India, Rajasthan, Gujarat and northern Maharashtra, 19th century
A flexible gold bracelet, each link slightly hammered. An anti-clockwise screw clasp inserts into hinges fitted on both ends of the bracelet.
Flexible chains were also worn as anklets. If made from gold they indicate that the wearer is a privileged person, silver anklets are worn by the rural class. A single anklet dastband almas in gold was awarded by a ruler as princely recognition in a custom known as ta’zim, and was worn on the right ankle.
Afgebeeld in Traditional Indian Jewellery: The Golden Smile of India geschreven door Bernadette van Gelder, pagina 56 en 57.
Hendley, Thomas Indian Jewelry Plate 81, ill. 522 & 526
Untracht, Oppi Traditional jewelry of Inida, p 275