A DIAMOND-SET AND ENAMELLED AMULET PENDANT (TAWEEZ) WITH SEED PEARL STRING, NORTH INDIA, CIRCA 1900
A DIAMOND-SET AND ENAMELLED AMULET PENDANT (TAWEEZ) WITH SEED PEARL STRING, NORTH INDIA, CIRCA 1900
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PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN NOBLE FAMILY

A DIAMOND-SET AND ENAMELLED AMULET PENDANT (TAWEEZ) WITH SEED PEARL STRING, NORTH INDIA, CIRCA 1900

Estimate: 14,000 - 18,000 GBP

PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN NOBLE FAMILY

A DIAMOND-SET AND ENAMELLED AMULET PENDANT (TAWEEZ) WITH SEED PEARL STRING, NORTH INDIA, CIRCA 1900

Estimate: 14,000 - 18,000 GBP

Lot Sold:26,250GBP

Lot Details

Description

Property of a European noble family


A DIAMOND-SET AND ENAMELLED AMULET PENDANT (TAWEEZ) WITH SEED PEARL STRING, NORTH INDIA, CIRCA 1900 


square form pendant with openwork foliate design set with diamonds on both sides, with polychrome enamel floral borders, mounted with four Basra seed pearl strings, later cord for fastening and tassle 


pendant: 7.8 by 5 by 0.6cm.

with seed-pearl string: 24.2cm. 

Condition Report

The pendant in good condition, some oxidisation around settings, some minor wear in foiling to reverse of diamonds, some dirt encrustation, the seed pearls not certified, string for fastening probably later, as viewed.


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Cataloguing

Provenance

Gifted by Asaf Jah VI Mir Mahboob Ali Khan Siddiqi, 6th Nizam of Hyderabad (1866-1911).

Catalogue Note

Known as a 'taveez choti' or braid amulet, the present example was designed to emulate the talismanic boxes which contained scriptures and were worn for protection (Balakrishnan 2001). The added four seed-pearl strands would have been fastened to the braid of the wearer and worn as a symbol of status such as in the photograph of four of the wives of Mir Osman Ali Khan (Mahallat-e-Mubarak), each wearing a distinctive taveez choti, taken by Raja Deen Dayal and Sons (published in: Balakrishnan and Sadisharan 2018, p. 193). A comparable example is in the Ministry of Culture, Government of India collections, inv. no. NJ 95.149, ibid. p.184. 

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