Tiger claw necklace

viagranakha ta 'wiz (Northern India)
pulinagam ratchabanthanam (Tamil Nadu)

India
19th century


Object Place: India (North)

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 20.3 x 38.1 x 1 cm (8 x 15 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

2009.336

Medium or Technique

Silver and tiger-claw

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Woman’s necklace with two large and six small tiger-claws. Claws are set in silver with engraved floral pattern. Likely made in England but based on Indian designs. This style of necklace is often worn as an amulet in India, the power of the tiger is seen as being captured in his claws, offering protection to the wearer. In original box “C.J. Klaftenberger/157. Regent St/London.”

Provenance

Mid-1990s, purchased by Yvonne Markowitz from antique dealer Ruth Feldman, Newton, MA; 2000, gift from Markowitz to her daughter Mindy Markowitz Setzen; gift of Markowitz Setzen to the MFA (Accession date: February 25, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Mindy Markowitz Setzen in honor of Dr. Joseph Sataloff