Antique Indian Amulet, Fertility Fish Symbol, 61cm (24″) Silver Snake Chain, Himachal Pradesh, 41.7 Grams
Unique antique silver items with age like this amulet pendant from Himachal Pradesh State are now becoming very difficult to find in India today.
The traditions relating to these old pieces is gradually dying out due to the tradition of melting the old for the new, there remains only a small quantity of genuine antique pieces or because old pieces do not leave the family heirlooms.
This piece is entirely unique and a rare historical artifact made by village craftsmen with an extraordinary level of care. The jewelers of Kangra in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, were famous for their silver jewellery skills. Kangra was the kingdom of Rajput in earlier days.
The fish is a female fertility symbol in India, due to is supposed formal resemblance to the human female reproductive organs, the fish might have assumed that status in the primitive past. Later in the classical period also it retained its symbolic significance as a female fertility symbol.
The hollow pendant is still in very good condition with decorative repousse and chasing. There is still remnants of the gold wash over the front of the pendant.
The pendant has a sturdy bale and comes with a long 61cm (24") high grade Indian fine silver snake chain.
The traditional Himachal Pradesh style decorative clam shell bells jingle with movement.
The pendant has been tested for high grade silver 92.5% approx.
Height: 9cm (3 1/2")
Width: 6cm (2 1/4")
Chain: High Grade Silver Snake Chain, 61cm (24")
Weight: 41.7 grams (1.470oz.)