Vintage Indian Silver Khol Box Pendant, Rajasthan, India, 11.9 Grams
This is a small vintage high grade silver Khol Box Pendant from Rajasthan, Northern India. Kohl is an ancient eye cosmetic, traditionally made by grinding galena (lead sulfide) and other ingredients. It is widely used in South Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, the Horn of Africa, and parts of West Africa to darken the eyelids and as mascara for the eyelashes. It is used mostly by women, but also some men and children.
Kohl was originally used as protection against eye ailments. There was also a belief that darkening around the eyes would protect one from the harsh rays of the sun. Kohl has also been used in India as a cosmetic for a long time. In addition, mothers would apply kohl to their infants' eyes soon after birth. Some did this to "strengthen the child's eyes", and others believed it could prevent the child from being cursed by the evil eye. The Kohl Box pendant opens as illustrated, and has five sets of bells attached. Some of the bells still have the protective cotton wrapped around to protect from wearing. This can be easily removed and will make it more attractive. The central motif has blue and burgundy enamel inside the bezel. The amulet has been silver tested for high grade silver.
Height: 4.2cm (1 1/2"") including Bale and bells
Width: 2.5 cm , (1") (excluding bells)
Weight: 11.9 Grams