Two vintage Banjara Indian temple tassel style pendants. These adorable bell tassel pendants are worn on cords and hang at the sides of the face near the temples. They may simply be suspended on cords, or can be attached to a draped shisha-mirror head covering. These interesting little pieces can be seen on any traditionally dressed Banjara / Lambani woman. Lots of small bells adorn the bottom of two bell-shaped pendants. Still attached to the original cord. These two pendants are not a perfect match but are similar.
Costuming and jewelry adornment has been worn in India for over 5,000 years. Jewelry not only has traditional and aesthetic value, but is also considered a source of security in times of financial crisis. The amount and types of jewelry owned by a woman signifies her status in society. The beauty of Indian jewelry lies in the uniqueness of its design and the workmanship involved in creating it. Women of the Banjara, or Lambani, use brightly colored fabrics, shisha mirror work, beads and shells to embellish every part of their clothing and personal accessories. Mirrors and cowrie shells are added to the edges of blouses and hems of skirts and incorporated into tassels and jewelry. Every piece of fabric has at least some mirror work or embroidery to attract the eye. Banjara women are holding tightly to their ancient modes of dress, which are said to be the most colorful and elaborate of any tribe in India. This exuberance in adornment is even extended to their animals!
Size: About 2 inches long total and 3/4 of an inch wide
Materials: Mixed metals
Metal Color: Silvery, tarnished. One has a bit of green patina in places
Metal Finish: Unpolished
Attachment: Cord passes through from the top and is knotted at the bottom of these pendants.
Oiginally worn attached to headpieces or head coverings.
Set of two pieces on original cord.
Please check photos carefully for condition. You will receive the exact piece(s) shown in the photos on this page. This is a USED piece that has been previously worn in country. As a previously used tribal item it may have small flaws such as loose or missing jewels, missing bells, obvious repairs, may be tarnished or worn, or have other small flaws.
A NOTE ON THE CONDITION OF TRIBAL ITEMS: Our jewelry is used tribal jewelry, from faraway lands. As used pieces the condition of our items will reflect their prior lives as treasured tribal pieces. Please know that we strive to maintain the tribal allure of our items and therefore we do not clean or repair these pieces in any way. We leave that choice to the buyer, as each may prefer something different. This not only maintains the old, tribal look of each piece that our belly dance customers seek, but also preserves the value of a piece that cleaning might destroy.
We do our best to describe any flaws that may be present in our items, and we encourage you to read the full description and look at all photos closely to judge the condition of the item for yourself and know exactly what you are ordering. If you have questions about the condition of any item, please ask!