Rare Tibetan Ornament worn by Noblewomen.
Was worn by aristocratic women in Lhasa at waist level, on important public occasions.
They were worn with the central strap hanging down freely and with the chain attached to another part of the belt or dress.
On important occasions, long strands of pearls, coral and turquoise beads were attached to the wheel-like end of the central strap. These could loop down almost to the ground and back up again where they were attached to the main garment somewhere near the shoulder.
16" x 16" excluding long chain of 20 "
1850 - 1900
MUSEUM EXAMPLES: Similar piece may be seen in the V & A Museum Collection