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Silver wedding necklace from Nepal: Tilhari

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Silver wedding necklace from Nepal: Tilhari
Traditionally worn throughout much of Nepal, the tilhari necklace indicates that its wearer is a married woman. The silver part of this necklace is called a tilhari. Tilharis always consist of seven finely worked beads, three of which are rounder and four are flatter. They may be of silver or of gold and are strung on a rod of metal or of wood.

On the wedding day the groom places a tilhari around neck of the bride, and it symbolizes the wish and prayer for his long life. As a result, when the husband dies the wife stops wearing the tilhari.

In this example the tilhari is 4-1/2 inches long and is strung with multiple strands of tiny blue glass beads (pote). Overall the necklace is about 22" long.

For our description of tilhari necklaces we have borrowed from "The Jewelry of Nepal" by Hannalore Gabriel, an excellent and detailed study of the jewelry worn in this fascinating region of the world.

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