Antique Hanuman Amulet, Rajasthan, India, High Grade Silver, 10.6 Grams
This is a beautifully made - 19th or early 20th century high grade silver die-stamped amulet pendant from Rajasthan, northern India of Hanuman, the celebrated celestial monkey chief, and an ardent devotee of Rama, a central character in the Indian epic Ramayana. Hanuman is an incarnation of the divine, whose fate it is to aide the hero Rama in the struggle against the demon king Ravana. His exploits are much celebrated in a variety of religious and cultural traditions, particularly in Hinduism.
Hanuman is depicted within the shape of a yoni - the origin of life, or leaf of the sacred fig tree with the bottom pointing ovule, flying through the air with club in one hand and to bring the healing Himalayan herbs to cure the wounded on the Sri Lanka battlefield, as related in the Ramayana. Hanuman. The Monkey god is the most popular form of Talisman for Luck, Health, and Good Fortune amongst the Hindus.
The amulet has a silver border added, a decorative bale with a final and floral unit, and with three clip rings attached. I have not removed these as the new owner may like to attach to a silver chain or hang something else from the clip rings. It has a final at the base. The final has an extension up the back of the amulet for extra strength.
The amulet has been strung on a new black Indian traditional handmade cotton thread cord. It has a looped end for closing.
The amulet has been silver tested for high grade silver. This is an original old worn collection piece (approx. 100 years old) in good worn condition from ritual ribbing.
Height: 7 cm (2 3/4") including Bale
Width: 4.5 cm (1 3/4")
Bale: 5m (1/4")
Weight: 10.6 grams (0.375oz)
Chain Length: 46 cm (18"”)
Material: Silver tested for high grade silver