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Marriage Pendant (Thali)

Object Name:
Jewelry
Date:
17th–19th century
Geography:
Attributed to India, Chennai (Madras)
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
H: 1 3/4 in (4.4 cm) W: 1 in (2.5 cm) D: 7/8 in (2.2 cm)
Classification:
Jewelry
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.1146
Not on view
Pendants such as these are known to be worn at weddings in South India on necklaces of glass beads or silk. The form is apotropaic and phallic, ensuring protection and fertility of the bride. The use of gold is particularly important as this material is considered to be sacred in Hinduism.
Edward C. Moore (American, New York 1827–1891 New York), New York (until d. 1891; bequeathed to MMA)
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