A beautiful Siam nielloware bracelet from the mid 20th century, c1950! Made of sterling silver and made in Siam (Thailand), this lovely bracelet features Siam mythological figures with a lustrous black niello 'enamel' surround. The hinged bracelet consists of twelve rectangular concave links decorated with hand pierced corners.
The Siam mythological figures on the bracelet include Mekhala, the goddess of lightning, Thepanon, a Thai Guardian Angel Deity, Lakorn Ying, a classical Thai female dancer and Thai elephant.
An integrated tongue clasp fastens the bracelet securely. The bracelet measures 18cm (7 & 1/2" inches) long and 2.30cm wide. Stamped "SIAM SILVER" "925" denoting sterling silver.
Thai nielloware jewellery, aka niello enamel silver, refers to the dark background on silver. Although referred to as niello enamel, niello isn't technically an enamel, it is typically a metal alloy consisting of copper, silver, lead and sulfur. A technique which was used centuries ago in Europe, and then rediscovered by skilled Thai artisans in the 20th century. The niello frames bright hand engraved mythology figures which have important allegorical tales in Hindu religion.
Video of the bracelet can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/shorts/GBFYg5s44Qg
A striking vintage bracelet with oodles of Hindu history!