Antique Indian Amulet, Seven Mothers (Sapta Matrikas), Rajasthan, 23.4 grams
This is probably a late 19th or early 20th century, solid, high grade silver amulet pendant from Rajasthan, northern India of the Seven Mothers (Sapta Matrikas) and a Guardian, and quite heavy at 23.25 grams.
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.
The first figure at the left with a different costume being the guardian.
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 and finals. The bales are slightly uneven in height, but do not detract from the amulet with a cord through it. The amulet uses stamped floral units to cover joins. There is a residue of red tikka paste on the amulet from ritual rubbing. It has been silver tested for high grade silver.
The amulet has been strung on a new black Indian traditional handmade 3 mm cotton thread cord. It has a looped end for closing.
This is an original old worn collection piece in good condition. I have not cleaned the amulet to highlight the beautiful details of the workmanship, as some prefer it to be left in its original condition. The amulet will polish up beautifully.
Height: 5 cm (2") including Bale
Width: 4.8 cm (1 7/8")
Bale: 6 mm (2/8")
Weight: 23.4 Grams (0.825 oz.)
Chain Length: 45 cm (18”)
Material: High Grade Silver