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This necklace, weighing roughly two pounds, was made for a bride of the Chettiar merchant community of Southern India. Its central pendant bears a repousse image of Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity. Over half of an average Indian wedding's expenses is allocated for gold and those years deemed inauspicious for weddings are lean ones for goldsmiths. Gold is equated with light, immortality, purity, fortune, energy, the sun, and various deities in the Vedas (1200-900 B.C.E.), the sacred texts of ancient India. Its positive associations have endured over millennia. More gold circulates annually in India than in any other nation in the world.
- Published References
- Dr. Carol R. Bolon Mrs. Amita Sarin. Metaphors in Gold: The Jewelry of India. vol. 6, no. 4 New York, Fall 1993. pp. 19-21, fig. 4.
- Collection Area(s)
- South Asian and Himalayan Art
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Copyright with museum