Wedding necklace (hara), velvet / cord / silver / ivory / shell / coral / glass / nuts / stone / coins / tokens, maker unknown, Nepal, c. 1900
This type of Nepalese necklace is known as a hara and is composed of a Burgundy velvet covered cord from which are suspended a very wide range of pendants. These include carved ivory, animal teeth, shells, nuts, coloured glass, semi-precious stones, coins and tokens. The base of each pendant is encased in a silver mount with a ring. A loop of the cord exits from the velvet through a series of eyelets and passes through the ring of each pendant. The cord ties at the back of the neck.