Jewelry from Nepal: Individual Pieces

A tilhari is a very characteristic piece of Nepalese jewelry. Composed of seven beads of two different shapes, it is usually presented to the bride at a wedding and is only worn by married women. It is worn hanging from a bundle of pote (the tiny glass beads) and symbolizes a woman's prayer for the long life of her husband. Upon the death of the husband the woman stops wearing the tilhari.

The individual beads of the tilhari here are held on a piece of wood and measure 4-1/2". The blue pote beads measure 7-1/2" on each side.

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Tilhari necklace with blue pote beads, Nepal

Tilhari necklace with blue pote beads, Nepal

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