Antique Indian Amulet Necklace, Tree of Life, Lapis Lazuli Beads, Coral Beads, Himachal Pradesh, 120Grams
This is a 19th century folk style die stamped amulet pendant from the Himachal Pradesh State, in Northern India, bordered by Jammu and Kashmir on the north, Punjab and the Tibet Autonomous Region on the east. About 90% of the population still live in a rural environment.
The square form amulet is symbolic of a house plan or representing family unity. In the middle is the "Tree of Life and Axis Mundi". The Axis Mmundi (also the cosmic axis, world axis, world pillar and centre of the world) is a symbol representing the centre of the world where the heaven (sky) connects with the earth.
The amulet has two women on the right and left with long flowing traditional hair plaits and Himachal Pradesh head scarves, each on holding onto a part of the "Tree of Life".
The woman on the left appears to be with child and the woman on the right to be carrying a baby.
It has two sturdy bales and seven sets of dangles with genuine antique small coral beads and silver beads.
There are five other decorated antique high grade silver beads with silver bead caps.
The 50 beautifully faceted genuine lapis lazuli rondell beads are graduated - with tiny silver granulated spacer beads in between. It has been strung on a sturdy silver twisted wire.
The lapis lazuli beads are not perfectly even in size or shape with intense deep dark blue (ultramarine) color. It is like looking into a well of water. There are natural little random golden flecks and tiny lines of dark metallic gold in the gemstone which cannot be imitated.
The amulet has been tested for high grade silver 92.5% approx.
Total Necklace Length: 51 cm (20")
Amulet Height with Dangles: 9 cm (3 3/4")
Amulet Width: 6.5cm (2 1/2")
Lapis Lazuli Beads: 7 mm - 10 mm
Weight: 120 Grams Approx. (4.25 oz.) (Amulet approx. 50 Grams, Beads approx. 70 Grams)