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.


  • Title: Marriage Necklace
  • Creator: Unknown Artist/Maker
  • Date Created: late 19th-early 20th century
  • Location: Cochin, India, Asia
  • Physical Dimensions: 17 3/4 × 5/16 in. (45.1 × 0.8 cm)
  • Provenance: Worn by Gladys Koder, wife of the Shabdai Samuel Koder (last head of the Jewish community in Cochin), late 19th century; Johanna Sepctor (Koder family friend), by 1985; bequeathed to TJM, 2008
  • Type: Ceremonial Art
  • Rights: https://thejewishmuseum.org/about-this-site#terms-conditions
  • External Link: View this object at thejewishmuseum.org
  • Medium: Gold and tortoise shell

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