Antique Indian Amulet, Small, 19th Century, Seven Mothers (Sapta Matrikas), 14.8 Grams
This is a 19th century, solid high grade silver (very small) amulet pendant from Rajasthan, northern India of the Seven Mothers (Sapta Matrikas) - without the Guardian figure on the right.
The amulet is quite heavy for its small size at 14.89 grams (0.520 oz.) and hangs well.
This has one of the most beautifully decorated borders on an amulet that I have come across and must have been made for someone very special.
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.
A sacred, powerful charm, it is believed to offer the wearer protection.
The amulet is detailed, represented by walled-in heavy silver borders around the shape of a rectangle, the form symbolic of a house plan and family unity, with three decorative bales. The amulet uses stamped floral units to cover joins. It has been silver tested for high grade silver.
The pendant has been strung on an 41cm (16") handmade Indian black cotton cord with a loop end for closing. This is an original old worn collection piece in good condition. The amulet will polish up beautifully.
Height: 3.2 cm (1 1/4") including Bale
Width: 2.8 cm (1")
Bale: 6mm (2/8")
Weight: 14.8 Grams (0.520 oz.)
Chain Length: 41 cm (16”)
Material: High Grade Silver