Antique Indian Amulet, Duo Lord Shiva, Silver Pendant, India,12.2 Grams
This is a 19th century or early 20th century, high grade silver die-stamped amulet pendant worn by the tribal people of Rajasthan, northern India.
The amulet is domed and in the shape of a round form (mandala). The circular forms repel evil spirits who dare not enter them. The amulet has a decorative bale with floral unit, and the border engraved or chased by punching the pattern. The image is of Duo Lord Shiva seated on the sacred lotus, the sign of purity and spiritual power, within the shape of a five-sided, peaked pentagon form, which symbolizes a temple (mandir).
Reference: A similar amulet in the V & A, London, South & South East Asian Section Museum number: IS.70-1960 dated 19th early 20th century. Illustrated in Barnard, Nick. ‘Indian Jewellery : The V&A Collection’. London : V&A Publishing, 2008. ISBN 9781851774838, pages 22, 23 pl.1.16, right. IS.70-1960.
Weight 12.2 Grams (0.430 oz.)
Height 6 cm (2 ¼”)
Width 5.2 cm (2”)
Material: Tested Silver high grade 92.5% approx.