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Lisu Tribe Silver Neck Ring

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Lisu Tribe Silver Neck Ring

This neck ring is from the Lisu tribe. The neck ring was made from melted down silver coin, pounded out during colonial times, and turned into silver jewelry. The various tribe all came down from China and carried with them a preference for silver as a store of wealth and a marker for affluence. Because there were no silver deposits in that part of Southeast Asia –the Golden Triangle region—they got the silver they needed by trading other commodities. The work is quite intricate and though many pieces are large, they are no that heavy. This particular neck ring features a chain that hangs down from it. The Lisu, Akha, Yao, and Karen silversmiths learned to pound the metal into very thin sheets that could be braised together to make bold hollow forms. Origin: Golden Triangle region of Thailand, Burma and Laos.

Origin | Burma
Year Made | 20th Century
Material | Silver
Dimensions | "W x "D x "H
ID | 08M02001
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