Antique Indian Amulet, Hooded Naga Snake (Naga Tripudian), High Grade Silver, Rajasthan,11.7
This is an original old worn collection piece in good condition. This high grade silver amulet pendant depicting the coiled hooded cobra (Vishnu's mount) with two serpent kings and queens. The cobra is most commonly mentioned in Hindu mythology in representation of Hindu gods, goddesses, and demi-gods, and as a design subject in Indian jewellery.
The cobra/naga is a mount of Vishnu and as such represents knowledge, wisdom and eternity. On either side of the coiled Naga are the Naga and Nagni serpent kings and queens, which are divine in their own right. They are depicted as humans from the waist upwards and snake below that.
On top right is the sun symbol of Surya, and left is the moon symbol of Chandra. In Sanskrit Chandra means "bright and shinning".
The amulet pendant is in the shape of a yoni or leaf of the sacred fig tree – the bottom pointing ovule, and beautifully die-stamped with a single bale . The amulet has a silver rolled border, and a decorative final at the base of the amulet.
The amulet has natural old age silver tarnish - which can be polished up beautifully.
The amulet has been tested for high grade silver. It has been strung on a traditional black Indian cotton cord with a loop for closing.
Height: 6.5 cm (2 3/4")
Width: 4.5 cm (1 3/4")
Weight: 11.7 Grams (0.410 oz.)
Black Indian Cotton Cord: 41 cm (16")