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Benaras, Uttar Pradesh, 19th century
Gold, white sapphires, enamel
Acc. No. 96.234
The necklace (kanthi) in the form of an openwork torque in five hinged sections. In the front, the necklace is set with white sapphires in a design of seven flowers with an octagonal stone in the middle and surrounded with petals and meandering creepers and leaves all set with white sapphires. On either side of the center flower there is a graceful peacock with head turned back and a single pearl positioned on top in the middle and a pear-shaped floral pendant suspended below. The chain at the back in the form of a row of single stones. The back of the jewel is garden of flowers in painted pink enamel with green and blue highlights.