Oddiyanam (Waist Belt)

This is an exquisite example of an oddiyanam or waist belt in plain gold with embossed detail, two animal themed panels on either side of the bucklewhich is decorated with a kirtimukha. Waist belts such as this would form part of a Tamil bride’s attire as well as the costume of classical dancers,worn to keep the sari in place.

Date/Period
Late 19th/ early 20th century
Region
Tamil Nadu, South India
Dimension
Object size: 8 x 27 x 27 cm
Accession No.
2014-00225
Material
Gold
Collection of
Indian Heritage Centre
Category
Gold