Marriage Necklace

Unknown Artist/Makerlate 19th-early 20th century

The Jewish Museum, New York

The Jewish Museum, New York
New York, United States

The Cochini Jewish bride was heavily bedecked with gold earrings and necklaces that covered her bodice from neck to waist. There was one necklace that was deemed essential for the wedding costume: a tortoise shell and gold necklace such as this example, worn by a prominent member of the Cochini Jewish community. This short necklace was the first strand worn by the bride around her neck.

Source: The Jewish Museum, New York, 1985.


  • Title: Marriage Necklace
  • Creator: Unknown Artist/Maker
  • Date Created: late 19th-early 20th century
  • Location: Cochin, India
  • Place Part Of: India
  • Physical Dimensions: w8 x h451 cm
  • Culture: Cochin, India
  • Credit Line: Bequest of Johanna L. Spector, 2008-158
  • Type: Ceremonial Art-Metalwork
  • Rights: https://thejewishmuseum.org/about-this-site#image-research-requests
  • Medium: Gold and tortoise shell

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