Antique South Indian Prayer Box, Amulet, South India Taviz , Karnataka, High Grade Silver,106 Grams
Unique antique silver items with age like this listing 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.
This is a beautiful antique, from the 19th century, high grade silver round tubular amulet pendant container from south India. It is ornamented with a central Makara or Kitimukha, mythical aquatic monster connected to the fertility of the water, source of life, flanked by birds and bands of floral creepers.
The box unscrews at one end for the insertion of magical protective objects and “mantras” on sheets of metal or paper.
It has an aged patina and rare to find.
This silver container is usually a central amulet and one of several units strung on a silver necklace. It has been made from a silver stamped sheet with eight bales and decorative lotus bud finals on each. The amulet container has finals as well. It has been silver tested for high grade silver.
The amulet pendant has been strung on a high grade silver snake chain with a "S" clasp for closing.
Height: 5.5cm (2 1/4") including Bale
Width: 12.5cm (4 3/4" )
Bale: 5 mm (1/4")
Weight: 106 Grams (3.74 oz.)
Chain Length: 53 cm (20 1/2")
Material: Tested silver high grade 92.5% approx.