Antique Indian Amulet, Bheru Bhairava Form of Shiva, Coin Silver (75-90%),13.4 Grams
This is a antique coin silver (75%-90%) amulet pendant worn by the tribal people of Rajasthan northern India. The amulet pendant is in the shape of a yoni or leaf of the sacred fig tree - the bottom pointing ovule, and die-stamped with a decorative bale and floral unit added, a silver rolled border and a decorative terminal point at the bottom.
The subject of the amulet is in the form of the four armed Bheru or Bhairava form of Shiva in his fearful aspect travelling with his dog. The deity is widely worshipped by Bhil tribals, one of the largest tribal communities in India.
Shiva, especially in his Bhairava form has a drum, trishula or (trident) sword, a daggar, a skull-mace (khatvanga).
The amulet has been strung on a new black Indian traditional handmade cotton thread cord with a looped end closing. It has been silver tested for high grade silver.
This is an original antique worn collection piece in good condition. There is a small hole in the centre of the stomach, two breasts and nose.
Height: 7 cm (2 3/4")
Width: 4.8 cm (2 ")
Bale: 5 mm (1/4")
Weight: 13.4 Grams (0.471oz.)
Cord Length: 41 cm (16”)
Material: Tested Coin Silver