Hansli, two-faced choker. Gold, silver, semi-precious stones, pearls and enamel; 22 cm x 19.5 cm. Jaipur, Rajasthan. c. late 18th century. 7/2928.
Under the Muslim sovereigns, Indian craftsmen excelled in the art of meenakari or enamelling. They also mastered the technique of kundan, the setting of precious and semi-precious stones within bands of gold. This rigid neck-band or hansli, resembling the collar-bone, is embellished with semi-precious stones in the kundan technique, while its reverse side is enriched with delicate floral enamelling, so that the ornament has two equally beautiful surfaces.