Jewelry from Nepal: Individual Pieces

This necklace and the one which follows are striking ways of wearing an amulet box. Both originate in the Middle Hills region of Nepal.

The amulets (jantars) are square containers with an elaborately decorated surface, both cut in the back to allow for the insertion of mantras, relics, or medicine to serve their protective function. Both are suspended by double decorative chains and held together with a large lotus-shaped clasp in a figure-eight form.

This is the larger of the two. It measures 35-1/2 inches in length. The jantar is 3-1/2 inches by 4 inches in height. There are five braided chains on each side. The clasp is 3-5/8 inches in diameter.

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Jantar necklace with chain and clasp, Middle Hills, Nepal

jantar necklace with chain and clasp, Middle Hills, Nepal

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