Bracelet

Description
This heavy metal bracelet comes from India. Bracelets like this were traditionally worn by married women who were supposed to wear bracelets or bangles on their wrists at all times to signify that they were married. In this way they are similar to wedding rings in Western traditions.
Accession Loan No.
32/1945/11/2
Collection Class
Personal ornament
Common Name
bracelet
Simple Name
bracelet
Full Name
bracelet
Dimensions
whole diameter 61 mm
Production Country
India
Production Area Region
South Asia
Production Continent
Asia
Family Group

Material
metal
Function Name
personal ornament
Collection Area Region
S
Collection Continent
Asia

    There are 6 comments

    • Pramod Shukla, moved from Delhi
      22 March 2017 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

      In the old days they used to be very strict, and [women were] not allowed to remarry. Widows had to live a very simple life. Now things are changing a lot…. Now you can’t even identify who’s married or not…. People are more educated.

    • Tony Eccles, RAMM Ethnography Curator
      22 March 2017 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

      So does that mean if they’re widowed, they would be able to remove them – is that permitted?

    • Indra Sivlal, member of Exeter Hindu Temple
      22 March 2017 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

      That’s true.

    • Tony Eccles, RAMM Ethnography Curator
      22 March 2017 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

      It reminds me of a shell. They’re very heavy. I’ve heard that when women are married they’re not allowed to take them off.

    • Pramod Shukla, moved from Delhi
      22 March 2017 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

      [They’re called] kangan…. Because of the shape… [I can tell they’re] mainly from Jaipur and nearby areas… in Rajasthan.

    • Ravindra J. Nathwani, lived in Exeter for last 36 years.
      22 March 2017 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

      So many expatriates worked for the East India Company. When they left they were given gifts. They didn’t know what to do with them. [This is the kind of thing people might have been given as a leaving gift].

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