Silver ornament for the ankle, foot and toes, worn by a bride at the Coorgi marriage ceremony, kanni mangala.Photograph: Pankaj Shah
Silver ornament for the ankle, foot and toes, worn by a bride at the Coorgi marriage ceremony, kanni mangala.
Photograph: Pankaj Shah

Romantic Connotations of the Foot

The Bejewelled Foot

To please him, Madhavi bathed her fragrant black hair, soft as flower petals, in oil mixed with ten kinds of astringents, five spices and a blend of thirty-two pungent herbs. She then adorned her tiny feet, their soles dyed red, with well-chosen rings on each of her slender toes. She loaded her ankles with jewellery made of small bells, rings, chains and hollow anklets...
- From the Shalappadikaram, attributed to Ilango Adigal, 3rd century

Rings of brass, silver and gold are worn on some or all of the toes. Some multiple toe rings are linked together or attached to chains, which are connected to the ankle.
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