⊹ 1920 ⊹
Ancient kohl box adorned with bells in Sterling Silver from Rajasthan - Northern India.
As a Pendant, it was once used to carry kohl, India’s iconic makeup, worn by men, women and children.
Traditional Indian kohl (or kajal) is a mineral powder made from ghee charcoal, beeswax, vegetable oil and camphor used to make up, protect, treat or even disinfect the eye. Used for thousands of years as an Ayurvedic treatment, it was once (and is still today) attributed to protect against evil spirits or against the evil eye.
Kohl's box is currently empty and can be used to contain a prayer, a memory, a sacred object.
In ancient and modern Indian cosmology, wearing jewelry is a way of wearing wealth onto the body. The jewel, which shapes identity, is invested in the power of the gods and goddesses.
The importance given to adornment among the Indian people dates back to 5000 years. Archaeologists have discovered that Indians have been creating jewelry since prehistoric times. The ornaments harmonize beliefs, they evoke a certain form of power, a feeling of social, religious or regional belonging, wealth or simply to beautify the wearer
Size: 2 cm x 3,5 cm
Weight: 8,5 g
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