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Necklace of Three Gold Kokke Thathi Pendants

Coorg People, Tamil Nadu, South India
late 19th-early 20th century

width of each pendant: 8.4cm, height of each pendant: 3.7cm, weight: 124g, necklace length: adjustable & wearable

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Provenance

private collection, UK.

This splendid necklace comprises three large gold crescent-moon pendants plus numerous gold beads decorated at each end with gold granulation work.

The crescent pendants are of sheet gold, filled with lac, and decorated with scrolling gold wire overlay work and other applique work.

The pendants and beads are threaded onto the original cotton twine.

The necklace is from the Coorg people who live in the Niligiri Hills in Tamil Nadu. The Coorgs are Hindu but the crescent shapes are suggestive of Islamic influence.

The necklace is in excellent condition, and is wearable.

References

Bala Krishnan, U.R. et al, Icons in Gold: Jewelry of India from the Collection of the Musée Barbier-Mueller, Somogy, 2005.

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