Necklaces ranging from a single strand to those that are believed to have been over a thousand strands are repeatedly mentioned in ancient Hindu texts. Seven being an auspicious number is perhaps the most common. A comparable eighteenth-century satlara necklace strung on gold beads is illustrated in U. Balakrishnan & M.S. Kumar, Dance of the Peacock – Jewellery Traditions of India, Mumbai, 2010, ill.62, p.60. There is a nineteenth century four-strand necklace similarly strung on pearl beads with central gem-set pendants in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (inv.no. 03183 (IS), S. Stronge, N. Smith and J.C. Harle, A Golden Treasury: Jewellery from the Indian Subcontinent, Ahmedabad, 1988, pp. 124-125). For another seven-strand example which recently sold at auction, see Christie’s, South Kensington, 9 October 2015, lot 120.