Kantha necklaces such as this one were worn by married women in eastern Nepal. The beads are made of metal, most likely iron. They alternate between stacks of red felt, which are for aesthetic purposes, but also to protect the beads. They are strung together with cotton.
Circa: Early 20th C
Material: Iron, felt, and cotton
Dimensions: 15" when straightened
Inventory number: JL3819