Pair of Conch Shell Bangles that are worn by women in Ladakh on both wrists.
Made from conch kernels, the opening is narrow on one end and broad on the other.
When greeting someone withrespect, for instance - a monk, women knock the two bangles together to create a pleasant jingle.
This is a part of the cultural costume of Ladakh.
This pair is estimated to be from the early 1960s
Has minor signs of wear from usage.
The inner diameter is 6cm as shown in the last picture
Literature: Heinrich Harrer in his monumental page turner "Ladakh" recounts meeting an old woman wearing this type.
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.