Antique South Indian Prayer Box, South India Taviz, Taweez, 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, large high grade silver round tubular amulet pendant container from south India and is 12.5cm (4 3/4") long.
The tube has three bands of repousse floral designs and very fine chasing. The applied top section with seven decorative bales.
The centre is ornamented with the grotesque mask of Kirtimukha (Glorious Face) of the Fierce Monster, a mythical aquatic monster connected to the fertility of the water, the source of life. This is quite common in the iconography of South India. The face is flanked by two peacocks. The box unscrews at one end and has a copper cylinder for the insertion of magical protective objects and “mantras”.
The box has decorative lotus bud finals on each end. It has an aged patina, although I believe recently cleaned, and rare to find.
This outer container has been made from a silver stamped sheet with seven bales and decorative lotus bud finals on each. The amulet container has lotus bud finals as well.
The prayer box has been silver tested for high grade silver 92.5% plus. You will note on the back top backing plate there is a small piece missing from the edge.
The amulet pendant has been strung on a high grade silver, 56cm (22") snake chain with a "S" clasp for closing.
Height: 5 cm (2") including Bale
Width: 12.5 cm (4 3/4" )
Bale: 8 mm (1/4")
Prayer Box Weight: 106.2 Grams (3.745 oz.)
Chain Length: 56 cm (22")
Material: Tested silver high grade 92.5% plus