Project Description

Kerala silver amulets belt, South India

Old high-grade silver belt from Kerala, South India. Nine amulets and other silver beads are strung on a thick “snake” chain. The chain on one end is used to adjust the belt to the desired size. According to Anne Leurquin, the small pendant with a jasmine bud shape has an apotropaic meaning.

Each amulet is finely worked with filigree on one side.

From the end of the 19th or beginning of the 20th century.


Length without final chain: 64 cm
Length with final chain: 78 cm
Size of each amulet: 65 mm

Weight: 183 Grams


“Ceintures ethniques” Leurquin, Anne, Skira, 2004