Antique Rare Pair of Silver Nepal Anklets or Foot Bracelets
These beautiful pieces are from Nepal and I believe are called Kalli, anklets worn by married women. Not many remain today so to find one is rare, but to find a matching pair is even rarer. You can see a similar example of these anklets in Hannelore Gabriel's book "Jewelry of Nepal*.
The anklets are in the shape of a double makara or dragon and end in opposing large mango-shaped bulbs. The anklets are decorated on the top and bottom as well as the face with exquisite scrollwork and repoussé work to depict the detailed scales of the protective creatures.
The anklets do test for silver, but it is low grade.
Inner circumference is 26 cm (10 1/4"). Inner diameter is 9 cm (3 1/2"). Width at bulbs is 3 cm (1 1/4"). Weight is 335 g,