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    Pair of Large South Indian Temple Priest’s Rattle Anklets (Kal Chilampu)

    Irinjalakuda, Kerala, South India
    18th-19th century

    length: 17.3cm, width: 17.2cm, combined weight: 1,222g

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    This fine pair of large and heavy, cast bronze, rigid anklets was worn by a priest or seer-oracle (velichapad) in a temple compound in Kerala.

    Cast using the lost-wax method, each has an elliptical shape, is hollow, and encases pellets that rattle when the anklet is moved. Each is cast with mystical symbols such as sacrifical sword (baliyagiya kalam), the conch (shanka), and sun and moon motifs.

    Both are engraved with several lines of Malayalam script.

    A similar pair is illustrated in Untracht (1997, p. 271). Another is shown in Jain-Neubauer (200o, p. 50).

    The pairs is in excellent condition.


    Jain-Neubauer, J., Feet & Footwear in Indian Culture, Bata Shoe Museum/Mapin, 2000.

    Untracht, O., Traditional Jewelry of India, Thames & Hudson, 1997.

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