Antique Indian Amulet, Silver Seven Mothers (Sapta Matrikas), 14.5 Grams
This is a relatively small antique high grade silver die-stamped amulet pendant from Rajasthan, northern India of the Seven Mothers and a guardian. Even though quite small in size it still has quite some weight at 14.5 grams to hang nicely. A group of Hindu goddesses, Brahmani, Vaishnavi, Maheshvari, Indrani, Kaumari, Varahi, Chamunda or Narasimhi who are always depicted together. Since they are usually depicted as a heptad (group of seven) they are called Sapta Matrikas. They are described as assisting the great Shakta Devi (goddess) in her fight with demons. The eighth figure at the right being the guardian. A sacred, powerful charm, it is believed to offer the wearer protection.
It is in the shape of a rectangle, the form symbolic of a house plan and family unity, with two sturdy bales. A heavy silver backing sheet has been added to the amulet to give extra weight, and a silver beaded border (now very worn.) On the front of the amulet there has been a silver offering added. This is usually done by women after the birth of their first son or daughter, or an offering after a prayer has been answered. It is a way of offering thanks to the goddess for answering prayers.
It has been silver tested for high grade silver. The amulet has been strung on a new black Indian traditional handmade 3mm cotton thread cord. It has a looped end for closing. This is an original antique collection piece in good condition. I have not cleaned the amulet and you will note that because of time the high grade silver has tarnished. It will polish up beautifully.
Height: 3 cm (1 2/16") including Bale
Width: 3 cm (1 2/16")
Bale: 5 mm (1/4")
Weight: 14.5 grams (0.51 oz)
Cotton Cord: 42 cm (16")
Material: High Grade Silver