Materials: Brass Repoussee (unknown metal content), Orange Inset (probably resin)
Made in: Tibet or Nepal by Tibetan Refugees
Approximate age: 20th century
Overall condition: Fair.
Damage: Tarnishing and general wear
Pendant size: 20mm dia, 40mm-45mm p/p. See picture with penny for size comparison.
Additional information: Repoussee is a method of embossing a metal sheet (silver, copper, brass) by punching and hammering a design from the back, then polishing it up in front with a chasing hammer, producing a three-dimensional bas-relief surface.
Perched on a plateau in the Himalayas 16,000 feet above sea level, Tibet at first glance appears to be a remote country overshadowed by its much larger neighbors--India to the West and China to the East. In fact, Tibet has long been a cultural hub and is known worldwide for its astonishing jewelry. Historically, red coral from the Mediterranean, deep blue turquoise from Iran and pearls and conch shells from the Indian Ocean were imported to supplement native amber, green turquoise, agates and precious metals. Using these materials, Tibetan silversmiths and metalworkers produced intricately worked jewelry for decorative and religious purposes. These artists would be commissioned by rich patrons, who would offer them lodging and food while the desired piece was being finished.
Product ID 57608