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Tiger claw necklace

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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...

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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

viagranakha ta 'wiz (Northern India)

pulinagam ratchabanthanam (Tamil Nadu)

India, 19th century

Object Place

India (North)


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver and tiger-claw


Textiles and Fashion Arts


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads