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Temple pendants for a bride (band-e gushvare) and Bell earrings (piyāle-zang)
Herat, Afghanistan
20th century
Gold, pearls, semiprecious stones, and lapis lazuli
L: 16.5 (pendant); Diam: 5 cm (earrings)
Accession number: B64.4225, B67.0494

Both pieces of jewelry are fashioned in the Qajar tradition which developed in Iran and in the workshops of the Mughal rulers in India in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The bird design appearing in both pendants, with a marked Central Asian influence, is popular among the peoples of the region. It is perhaps a version of the beneficent mythological bird which can heal, ensure fertility, and even grant everlasting life. Because of these qualities, this design was often chosen for the dowry items.

From the Israel Museum publications:
Ben Ami, Alia, ed., In All Their Finery: Jewels from the Jewish World, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2002

In All Their Finery: Jewels from the Jewish World, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 01/01/2000 - 30/09/2002

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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