Photo © IMJ, by Ohad Matalon
Married woman's pendant (tali mala)
Parur, Cochin region, India
Mid-20th century
Silver, gilt and granulation
L: 3 cm
Gift of Rachel Nehemia, Jerusalem, In memory of her aunt Leah Joseph
Accession number: B93.0110
 
 
A Hindu goldsmith was invited to the bride's house prior to the wedding to fashion this pendant from a gold coin. He worked under the surveillance of the elders of the community, to ensure that he used only the best materials and did his finest work.

Publications:
Ben Ami, Alia, ed., In All Their Finery: Jewels from the Jewish World, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2002

Exhibition:
In All Their Finery: Jewels from the Jewish World, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 31/12/2000 - 12/01/2001

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