|South India, 19th century|
This magnificent three-strand trapping incorporates no less than 128 separately fashioned silver mangoes, with elaborate silver plaque endings decorated with kirtimukha masks amid foliate scrolls.
Each mango is of hollow sheet silver but contains a rattle inside, and with all 128 mangoes gently rattling with the movement of the horse, a delightful tinkling sound was generated to accompany the procession of the bride. The mangoes and endings are threaded onto thickly twined natural rope.
|Location of Origin: Middle East / Western Asia / Northern Africa|
|Dimensions: length (approx.): 90cm, weight: 1,590g|
|Primary Classification: Asian Art : Indian Antiques|
|Secondary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : Other|
|The trapping or necklace was used in South India to festoon a horse that was to carry a bride to her wedding. Mangoes symbolise fertility and so are an appropriate decoration to be associated with a new bride.|
|Provenance: UK art market|
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