1220 - Antique Tribal Bead Necklace with Glass and 4 Bronze beads - Odisha

The women of the protected 'Bonda' tribe from Odisha wear beads as their main form of clothing

The dozens of strings of beads hung around the neck and shoulders cover the front of the body from the neck to the thighs like a blanket.

A search on Pinterest will show stunning portraits of the tribe.

The handmade beads are said to be venetian glass beads pre 1900.

Such necklaces were worn by women of several tribes in Eastern India

Four heavy bronze beads present

Necklace is estimated to be from the 1950s while the glass beads are from the late 1800s

Literature Reference

Similar pieces mentioned in Opie Untracht, Traditional Jewelry of India


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