The King of Malabar

Marco Polo described him as the « Pearl Pig ».While sailing back from China around 1290, Marco Polo paid visit to the kingdom of Malabar on the west coast of India.He was taken aback by the costumes worn by the king who, in addition to a dazzling necklace of 104 white pearls of unheard of size and splendor, even wore pearl ankle bracelets and toe rings.