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Vintage Tribal Kalash Spiral Torc Necklace - SOLD

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Price: SOLD
Item Number: ab-2000-T

Old Kalash Tribal Jewelry Torc Necklace - Collectible

This large vintage Afghan torc (torque) choker necklace was handcrafted during the early to mid-1900's in the Kalash Valley of the Hindu Kush mountain range at the base of the Himalayas in Central Asia.

It is an old tribal jewelry neck-ring - not a new reproduction.

MEASUREMENTS: (1 inch = 2.54 cm)
   Back Neck-Opening = 2-3/8 inches
   Material = Mixed metals with silver; Glass beads
   Neckline circumference = 16 inches 
   Weight = 11.8 oz
   Shipping weight = 1 pound plus 1 oz.

The torc neck-ring is a distinctive style of choker necklace that has been worn throughout Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent for centuries.

This style of torc is characteristic of those worn in the Chitral region of the Kalash Valley for centuries. 

Its overall construction is that of a coil of sturdy thick wire that was twisted to make a springy graduated neck-ring.

To wear a torc (torque) necklace like this one, gently pull the ends in opposite directions (one end up, one end down) to make the back opening just large enough to slip your neck through.

Then release it, returning the necklace to its original shape. Remove it the same way. 

This torc is classically Kalash, with vibrantly-ornate red beads accenting the sides.

In excellent condition, it has mild wear patterns and a warm age-patina remaining after so many years.

With a 16-inch neckline circumference, this torc fits an average-sized adult female.

A similar torc neck-ring is pictured on page 498 of Seiwert's book "Treasures from the Bir Collection."

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