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Necklace (ogadéro)
Izmir, Turkey
Late 19th century
Gold, stamped and hammered
L: 40; W: 4.7 cm
Purchased through the gift of Yossi Benyaminoff, New York
Accession number: B01.0848

The ogadéro (neck band or hangman’s rope), worn exclusively by Jewish women, was the main piece in the set of jewels received by Jewish brides in the Ottoman Empire. The necklace was given to the bride by her husband or father, usually together with a matching pair of bracelets. Elderly women kept the necklace as security in order to purchase a burial plot.

From the Israel Museum publications:
Ben Ami, Alia, ed., In All Their Finery: Jewels from the Jewish World, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2002
The Jewish World 365 Days, from the Collections of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, USA, 2004
Zalmona, Yigal, ed., The Israel Museum at 40: Masterworks of Beauty and Sanctity, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2005
The Israel Museum, Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2005
Beauty and Sanctity: the Israel Museum at 40. A Series of Exhibitions Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Zalmona, Yigal, 2006

Sacred Beauty: Treasures of Judaica and Jewish Ethnography, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 11/03/2005 - 21/01/2006

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir

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