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Katalognummer: CHAM1119-026
Central Cham kingdom, most probably Vijaya, classical period, 10th – 12th century. The necklace composed of 12 decorative gold elements with inlaid amethysts, together with an elaborate gold pectoral, all executed in repoussé. The central image of the pectoral depicts the mask of Kala (kirthimukha), the demon of passing time. Several small inlaid garnets and amethysts are found in the center above Kala’s head as well as along the outer rim of the pectoral. The Kala mask is a common motif in Cham art intended to evoke fear and dispel evil.

Provenance: From the collection of Dr. Istvan Zelnik, Hungary. Dr. Zelnik has built one of the most fascinating and vast collections of South East Asian artworks during the past 4 decades. His collection is considered one of the three most important published collections in the world and he is the director of the Hungarian South and Southeast Asian Research Institute. An official attest by the Hungarian South and Southeast Asian Research Institute signed by Dr. Zelnik can be provided to the high bidder upon request after payment for the object has been made in full.

A private owner, acquired from the above several years ago.

Condition: Overall in very good condition with expected traces of age and wear as well as extensive soil encrustations. The right hook of the pectoral to use it as a pendant is missing.

Weight: 59.4 g
Dimensions: Diameter of the necklace 32 cm
Metallurgic analysis: Fine gold content 669/1000

Published: Gold Treasures of the Cham Kingdoms from the Collection of Dr. Zelnik Volume 2, no. 64 (page 119), Budapest 2008.

Metallurgic Analysis
The data from the metallurgic analysis posted in the catalogue entry for each lot in this auction relates to the proportion of fine gold contained in the gold alloy only. It does not relate to the gross weight of the lot, as the gross weight typically consists of the weight of the gold alloy and the weight of other materials added to the lot such as gemstones, soil encrustations, casting cores or other metals processed within the lot.