Chettiar marriage necklace

This large-sized 'thali' (marriage necklace) is used exclusively by the Nagarathar Chettiar community of Tamil Nadu. This type of necklaces usually comprise 35 pieces and are strung by 21 lengths of twisted strings smeared with tumeric. The central pendant, also called 'ethanam', has four sharp spikes representing the four vedas (knowledge). This is surmounted by an image of Subrahmanya standing with his parents, Shiva and Parvati, who are seated on a 'nandi' (bull). Women, on special occasions like 'shashtiabdapurti', the sixtieth birthday celebrations of their husbands, wear these necklaces.

Indigenous Name
Thali / Kazhuththu Uru
Date/Period
19th century
Region
Chettinad, Tamil Nadu, South India
Dimension
Object size: L94.5 x W31 x H7.2cm
Accession No.
1994-05001
Material
Gold
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Gold