An adornment worn by the nomads from Tibetan Changthang
Made of cowrie shells, bells and leather this is attached to the waist belt or sashand is one of the many accessories worn on the sash.
Very neatly tied rows of even-sized cowrie shells - which were a measure of wealth.
Late 19th century.
LITERATURE REFERENCE : Example of cowries on similar leather strips worn as a belt hanger may be seen on Page 255, "Tibetan Nomads" by Shuyler Jones
MEASUREMENT : 40 cm length x 8 cm width approx
This item has spent a lifetime being used for the purpose of its creation with the original artist/user. Signs of this life lived heartily may be present on the piece in the form of stains, thread loss, loose threads, holes, tears, color run and other imperfections. Therefore the condition must be assumed to be “not” perfect. More photos of such imperfections will be provided on request.