Photo © Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Nahum Slapak
Bracelets (mania de ĉatón)
Izmir, Turkey
Late 19th century
Gold, stamped and hammered
L: 17-20; W: 8.3-8.5 cm
Purchase, Jacques Lévy Fund, Barcelona
Accession number: B83.0202, B85.1049
 
 
Bracelets were among the most important gifts to be received by a bride, and they were usually given by her father. They were regarded as prestigious items and would reflect her status as a married woman. They were presented as a pair, and were worn on both wrists. The bracelet consists of parallel chains welded at each end to a flat plaque. The plaques are fastened together by a pin and hinge.

Publications:
Juhasz, Esther, ed., Sephardi Jews in The Ottoman Empire: Aspects of Material Culture, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel, 1990
The Jewish World 365 Days, from the Collections of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, USA, 2004

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