AUD $78.00

Indian, Lambada Silver Tassel.

This silver "tassel" or bell with dangles, is usually seen worn protruding from under the odhni (headcovering) near the face or temples of Lambada (Gypsy) tribal women in India.

Usually, too, they're worn in pairs, with one on either side of the face, however on sorting our pairs I found that we actually have a choice of singles.

This piece, like  the others we have, has a worn, smooth mild brassy/pewter patina, which indicates some brass in the silver.

So it's lower quality Tribal Coin Silver, about 70% Silver. It would though, respond well to careful polishing with a dry Silver Polishing Cloth.

Originally it would have hung from a twisted cloth cord at the temple, this has been cut off, and no traces remain. The silver socket which looks a little knocked,  measures 11 mm accross the opening, inside there is a  7 mm hole for you to thread through for a neck or pendant. Or, you could sew through it, using a bead as a toggle, to attach it to your bag or belly dancing outfit.

Of the 10 dangles, 1 is missing including the joining ring. Look how worn the rings are in close up, this is a detail that forgers overlook.

However there are more than enough hollow "pomegranate" bells remaining.

Most of these have tiny dents, knocks  and marks, which all help to define their age and character.

Shaken it has a fairly light tinkly, jingle.

We may have two other similar tassells IT102 and IT104.

Age: Mid 20th Century.

Size: H 79  mm x W  32 mm.

Weight:  56 grams.