Tayo necklace pendant
Late 19th century
5.5″ (w) x 2.6″ (h) x 1″ (d); 14 cm (w) x 7 cm x 2.5 cm
This sculptural tayo pendant is from one of the most magnificent necklaces worn by the kumari. The kumari is a living goddess, chosen at the age of four by Hindu priests and astrologers – one of her core duties is to perform priestly rites until she reaches puberty.