This old Makara heads cuff bracelet is hand-crafted and one-of-a-kind. It comes from Rajasthan North India, circa early 20th Century.
The aged patina is decorated with repousse, silver beads, and other intricate etched embellishments.
The Makara head at each end represents a mythical water creature that takes many different forms throughout Asia. It can be a fish or dragon as these appear to be. Makara was a legendary sea-dragon in Hindu mythology who protected the fertility of water life.
The bracelet is chunky and thick and wide. It measures 6 inches around the inside with opening. (My wrist is 6 1/4 inches and I did manage to get it on without damage to my wrist or cuff.) It's 3/4 inch wide and 3/4 inch thick at center. The bracelet weighs 80 grams...very substantial.
We acid-tested this for sterling and it did NOT test for high-grade silver but we do think this has some silver content along with other mixed metals which was how these tribes made much of their jewelry.
The bracelet has a small loop at the center top. We believe this was included so that this bracelet could be worn as a pendant (like the Naja pendant of Native American squash blossom necklaces).
The bracelet shows some age-related dings that include a small split at the end of one Makara where it meets the bracelet. The hand-wrought quality of the bracelet is evident and is what makes this a beautiful old treasure. (We never polish old silver.)
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Old Indian Makara Heads Tribal Cuff Bracelet