Antique Indian Amulet, Hoi Mata, Pendant, Rajasthan, India, High Grade Silver, 14.3 Grams
This is an 19th century or early 20th century high grade silver die-stamped amulet pendant worn by the tribal people of Rajasthan, northern India. The amulet is detailed, represented by walled-in ornate silver borders around the shape of a square, the form symbolic of a house plan and family unity, enclosing the folk image of Goddess or Hoi Mata within the shape of a five-sided, peaked pentagon form, which symbolizes a temple (mandir). The five sided form of amulet is called "Patri" in Rajasthan. The amulet has two sturdy bales and three sets of delicate bells (ghrungrus) along the bottom edge.
Hoi Mata is one of the many mother Goddess forms worshiped throughout India, presiding over the well being of the family. She is very often identified as a form of Shakti and is worshipped during Hoi Ashtami festival. Hoi Mata images can be found in villages and cities of Rajasthan, Punjab, Harayna and Utta Pradesh.
The mud walls of rural homes are painted on festivals, and for worshipping Hoi or Ahoi, the goddess whose blessings are invoked for the well-being and protection of children by their mothers. Hoi is also worshipped as Sanjhi in eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and Himachal Pradesh.
Weight 14.3 Grams (0.505 oz.)
Height 5 cm (2 ”) (including bells)
Width 3cm (1 1/8")
Material: Tested Silver high grade.
Cord: 18" (46cm)