Photo © Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Oded Löbl
Necklace (ogadéro)
Izmir, Turkey
Late 19th century
Gold, stamped and hammered
L: 40; W: 4.7 cm
Purchased through the gift of Yossi Benyaminoff, New York
Accession number: B01.0848
 
 
The ogadéro (neck band or hangman’s rope), worn exclusively by Jewish women, was the main piece in the set of jewels received by Jewish brides in the Ottoman Empire. The necklace was given to the bride by her husband or father, usually together with a matching pair of bracelets. Elderly women kept the necklace as security in order to purchase a burial plot.

Publications:
Ben Ami, Alia, ed., In All Their Finery: Jewels from the Jewish World, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2002
The Jewish World 365 Days, from the Collections of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, USA, 2004
Zalmona, Yigal, ed., The Israel Museum at 40: Masterworks of Beauty and Sanctity, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2005
The Israel Museum, Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2005

Exhibition:
Highlights of the Judaica and Jewish Ethnography Collections Online, Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir