AUD $110.00

Pakistani, Enamelled Thumb Ring.

An old silver thumb ring from Pakistan, possibly from Multan in the SE, where blue enamelled silver was traditionally produced, imitating Lapis Lazuli.

The silverwork is embossed, then the four colours have been applied.

Whether they are baked enamels, or enamel paint, or the latter applied to retouch the former, is open to conjecture.

I suspect there has been some retouching applied to old enamel, where it has chipped off through wear.

There are still some minor chips and marks, all defining its age and character.

It’s a very individual piece, the only one of its kind we’ve seen so far, and those scallopped edges and the point look amazing on the thumb!

The central sun image is surrounded by vertical zig zags, which often symbolize water in many cultures.

It’s fairly large as befits a thumbring, and sits with the point aiming up the arm, allowing full flexibility. But you can always try it the other way.

We may also have another similar ring see also ME113.

Age: Mid/Late 20th Century.

Size: Finger “X” (US 21.5)

Weight: 8 grams.