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.

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

In All Their Finery - Jewels from the Jewish World - Duplicate, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 01/01/2000 - 30/09/2002

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