Antique South Indian Amulet Box, Karnataka, Taweez, Taviz, Silver, 11.5cm (4 5/8″), 131.4 Grams
This is a beautiful antique, from the 19th century, large high grade silver round tubular amulet pendant container from Karnataka, South India and is 11.5cm (4 5/8") long.
The tube has three bands of repousse floral designs and very fine chasing. The applied top section has eight decorative bales with lotus bud finals. The box has decorative lotus bud finals on each end.
The center is ornamented with the the Gandaberunda (also known as the Berunda) is a two-headed mythological bird of Hindu mythology thought to possess magical strength. It is used as the official emblem by the Karnataka government.
The ends are the mythical animal made of Makara head and Peacock found on stone carvings in Karnataka temples.
The box unscrews at one end and has a copper outer cylinder for the insertion of magical protective objects and “mantras”. There is also another brass cylinder to seal the contents in.
It has an aged patina and very rare to find. It has been silver tested for high grade silver 92.5% plus. There are a few very small dents on the outer rims.
The chain in the last listing photo is for demonstration purposes only.
Height: 5 cm (1 7/8") including Bale
Width: 11.5 cm (4 5/8" )
Debth: 2.8 cm (1")
Bale: 5 mm (1/4")
Prayer Box Weight: 131.4 Grams (4.630 oz.)