Welcome to my website devoted to the exhibition and online sales gallery of traditional tribal jewellery of India, specialising in Antique Indian Silver Amulets, Semiotic Symbols of Supernatural Power, Tibetan Gau or Ghau Boxes, Tibetan and Himalayan Ornaments.
Unique antique silver items with age are now becoming very difficult to find in India today. The traditions relating to these antique pieces is gradually dying out. With the abundance of gold and silver jewellery produced for marriages and temple use over the centuries, 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 that have been passed down for generations through family members do not leave the family heirloom. Each piece is entirely unique and a rare historical artifact made by village craftsmen with an extraordinary level of care.
EACH PIECE IN MY SHOP IS SELECTED BASED ON AUTHENTICITY and ARTISTIC VALUE
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My PRODUCTS FOR SALE page gives full details about each item shown. I also have an Etsy Shop - Jasmineium Antique Tribal Indian Jewellery – listing some Antique Indian Amulets, Antique Indian and Himalayan Jewellery and Antique Tibetan Ghau Boxes.
ANTIQUE INDIAN AMULET, GODDESS DURGA PENDANT
25.5 GRAMS (0.900 oz.), AUD $295.00
ANTIQUE INDIAN GODDESS KALI AMULET PENDANT
High Grade Silver 98% approx., 37.4 Grams (1.32 oz.)
ANTIQUE INDIA DANGLES, HIGH GRADE SILVER PENDANTS, HIMACHAL PRADESH,
96 GRAMS, 8cm x 5.5cm (No. 1)
86 GRAMS, 7.5cm x 4.5cm (No. 2)
These are truly beautiful pieces of jewellery making from India of a 19th or early 20th century high grade silver end-of-braid tassel (chhoti or chunti), normally attached to three hanks of black silk or cotton thread, braided into the back-of-head braid, the ornament hanging at its end, from Himachal Pradesh State, Northern India.
These heavy pieces are in beautiful condition with all hand made bells intact. PRICE: No. 1 AUD $595.00 PRICE: No. 2. AUD $575.00.
ANTIQUE INDIA, 33cm (13″) LONG SILVER GOLD WASHED OPENWORK SHIRT ORNAMENT (KURTA ZEWAR), DELHI, INDIA (62.3 Grams)
This is an exceptional example of the art of silversmiths of the Mughal era. Each tiny piece of silver openwork has been individually soldered. This is an excellent and rare example of a late 19th to early 20th century handcrafted high grade silver openwork shirt ornament (kurta zewar) made of many small applied units, joined by links, with three circular studs and a bottom “fringe”. Behind each circular unit is a stud that passes through two corresponding eyelets in a shirt or tunic. The silver openwork shirt ornament remains visible at the garment front. The high grade silver openwork shirt ornament is also gilded. As it is high grade silver it has oxidized over time and will polish up beautifully. It weights 62.3 Grams (2.200 oz.). The length is 33cm (13″), Width is 3.5cm (1 1/2″), Material: Tested for high grade silver 92.5% approx. PRICE: AUD $750.00.
(An similar copy is listed in “Traditional Jewelry of India – Oppi Untracht – Page 239.)
VINTAGE (50-70 Years Old) INDIAN NECKLACE, BRACELET, EARRINGS SET, HIGH GRADE SILVER BRITISH INDIA COINS SIMULATING ONE and 1/4 RUPEES
MAHARASHTRA, INDIA, 156 GRAMS
This is a vintage (probably 50-70 years old) high grade silver – 90.7%-92.5%, simulating British India One Rupee and 1/4 rupee coins. Oppi Untracht has detailed in his book – Traditional Jewelry of India, a similar necklace illustrated on – Page 125.) The simulated coins are beautifully made by casting coins from a die – and have the exact designs as of the original one rupee and quarter rupee coins. The coins even have the reeded edge. If it was not for the small size of the coins, 2mm and 1.6mm – you would believe that they were real currency. The silver content is the same as British Indian Rupees, 90.7% approx. – The British-Indian government used precious metal coinage until 1939. The necklace has 10 x one small rupee coins with the crowned bust of Victoria Empress (20 June 1837 – 22 January 1901) and George V King Emperor (1910-1936) and 5 x 1/4 rupee coins, attached to a double linked chain with floral units added to the bale of the coin. On the reverse side of the necklace show the denomination and dates from 1878 -1919 within a circle, and flower surrounds. The necklace closing has a slot which a small rupee slips through into an enclosed case.
Necklace: Weight: 64.7 Grams (2.280 oz.), Closed Length: 49.5cm (19 3/4″), Width: 2.7cm (1″)
Bracelet: Weight: 62.6 Grams (2.205 oz.), Closed Length: 19.5cm (7 3/4″), Width: 4cm (1 1/2″)
Earrings: Weight: 28.6 Grams (1.010 oz.), Length: 8.5cm (3 1/4″), Width: 3.3cm (1 3/8″). PRICE: AUD $995.00 for the Set.
VINTAGE INDIAN PENDANT, formally a RAJASTHANI FOREHEAD ORNAMENT, HIGH GRADE SILVER and WAX ELEMENT, ANTIQUE INDIAN SILVER TERMINAL BEADS, 44 Grams
This Rajasthani Head Ornament indicates the married status of a woman, it is presented to the bride by her husbands family and is worn every day. A stamped silver sheet with gajre design.
ANTIQUE INDIAN FLEXIBLE HIGH GRADE SILVER CHOKER NECKLACE, RAJASTHAN, INDIA
289.6 Grams (10.25oz)
Reference: The photo above courtesy of the V & A Museum, South and South East Asian Collection, London, dated around 1880, Museum Number IS.900A-1883 from Ajmer, Rajasthan, is a very similar example of the above anklet with a different fringe of hollow silver balls instead of clam shells.
This is an antique heavy high grade silver choker necklace which was originally an anklet from Rajasthan, northern India. The anklet dates from mid to late 19th century. The anklet was made by the mud casting mould method to create a flexible chain anklet. The links with small top – edge projections like this one is called chaktidar santh. There is a very ornate fringe with hundreds of cast hollow bells (ghungrus) attached to the end of the link. They create a charming tinkle with movement and the fringe measuring 2cm (3/4″). The silver chain extensions have been added at a later date to each end of the anklet to make it into a necklace measuring 6cm (1 1/2″) each, with a hooked closing, allowing it to be worn as a choker. The necklace is quite heavy at 289.6 grams (10.25oz. ) and has been silver tested for high grade silver of 90- 92.5% approx. The length is 43cm (17″), Width is 4.5cm (1 3/4″). PRICE: AUD $1300.00.
ANTIQUE HIGH GRADE SILVER GODDESS DURGA, DUO BHERU BHAIRAVA FORM OF SHIVA AMULET (OR PORTABLE SHRINE), RAJASTHAN, INDIA, 91.7 Grams
This large high grade silver amulet has been hand beaten (marks slightly visible) from a silver sheet to a slight convex, and die-stamped with a large decorative bale and floral unit added. It has an old style chased silver border pattern. The subject of the amulet is “Goddess Durga” whose vehicle is a lion, within the shape of a five-sided, peaked pentagon form, which symbolizes a temple (mandir). Durga is also called Divine Mother, protects mankind from evil and misery, by destroying evil forces such as selfishness, jealousy, prejudice, hatred, anger, and ego. There are two Bheru or Bhairava forms of Shiva in his fearful aspect on each side of Goddess Durga. The deity is widely worshipped by Bhil tribals, one of the largest tribal communities in India. This is a late 19th or early 20th century rare and antique collection piece in good condition. Height: 13.2 cm (5 1/4″) including Bale, Width: 11.4 cm (4 1/2″), Bale:10 mm (3/8″), Weight: 91.7 Grams 3.235 oz.(0.8 oz). Tested High Grade Silver. PRICE: AUD $1150.00.
19th CENTURY SILVER FOLK GODDESS SANJHI DEVI AMULET PENDANT
UTTA PRADESH, NORTHERN INDIA, 63.7 GRAMS (2.245 oz)
Reference: Traditional Jewelry of India, Oppi Untracht -Thames and Hudson Ltd. London 1997, Page 160, Hindu Marriage Custom and Ornament, Clay image of Sanjhi-Devi on a house wall.
This is a large repousse high grade silver amulet pendant of a folk image of Sanjhi-Devi, Hindu Goddess. This is a beautiful folk style antique silver amulet pendant from Uttar Pradesh, eastern India of Goddess Sanjhi-Devi, (called Hoi in Harayana). Sanjhi-Devi is one of the many mother Goddess forms worshiped throughout India. Village women make clay images of Sunjhi-Devi on house walls for the worship of Devi, the supreme Hindu goddess, during the Sanjhi-Devi Puja in September and October. Her image is an inseparable part of ceremonies in which only women participate to make vows and to whom the unmarried girls pray to obtain a good husband, many children and prosperity. Sunjhi images can be found in villages and cities of Rajasthan,Punjab, Harayna and Utta Pradesh. The amulet has four bales, and a chased square border. Tested for high grade silver 92.5% approx. Weight: 63.7 grams. 2.245oz. Measurements: 7.5cm (3″) x 7cm (2 ¾”) plus 3cm (1 ¼”) for dangle bells. PRICE: AUD $525.00.
19th CENTURY INDIAN SWAMI WARE STYLE “ PURUSHAMRIGA” AMULET, NECKLACE
17″ HIGH GRADE SILVER SNAKE CHAIN NECKLACE, 118 GRAMS
INDIAN HIGH GRADE SILVER, GOLDWASHED LARGE HOLLOW BEAD
TAKEN OFF AN OLD EARLY 20th CENTURY NECKLACE, 25 GRAMS
(With Two 100 Year Old Indian Silver and Brass Terminal Beads)
(Well crafted old Indian beads like this are Rare today)
These are really a beautiful and rare hollow bead and terminals. An early 20th century large, heavy at 25 grams, high grade silver bead from India. The silver bead has a gold wash over the silver and is one that originally came off a necklace. The silver terminals with trimmed brass ends, and dovetailing in the seams, also early 20th century. These are a beautiful example demonstrating the long tradition of Indian metalsmiths bead making. I have strung the beads on a traditional black handmade cotton cord thread (45 cm, 18″ thread . The goldwashed bead measure approx. across the front hole to hole: 24mm (1″), Length: 38 mm (1 1/2″), 9mm hole for stringing, Weight: 25 Grams. The terminals 28mm x 13mm and weigh 8.5 grams each. The beads have been tested for high grade silver – 90% – 92.5% approx. PRICE: AUD $495.00.
ANTIQUE LADAKH NECKLACE, SILVER OPEN BACK GAU PENDANT, GENUINE OLD CORAL AND SILVER DROP BEADS, LENGTH: 46CM (18″) 24.6 GRAMS (0.865oz.)
Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir State, India, first half of 20th century.
This is a distinctiverly Ladakhi, Western Himalayas, type of necklace combining a strand of genunine coral beads with a small open back central silver gau and natural turquoise, with solid silver spacer drops. The small high grade silver traditional decorative ga’u has the outer edge delineated by beaded wire which also serves to reinforce the form. The surface is partially worked in repoussage and detailed chasing of scrolling creepers. It is set with a blue glass central stone. The fringe drops, with two brass spacer beads each side are also similar to Indian necklaces and suggests influence from the transmittion via such used trade routes to the south. AUD $295.00
ANTIQUE LINGAM CONTAINER, WITH ROCK CRYSTAL LINGAM STONE, HIGH GRADE SILVER, SNAKE CHAIN (72 cm or 28 1/2″), KARNATAKA, SOUTH INDIA, 102.6 GRAMS (3.610 oz.)
Females Lingayat Varashaiva or layperson (linga banajiga) wearing a silver lingam casket (ayigalu) in modified egg form (gundgurdgi). Lingam caskets are also worn by men and women on the left arm or by a Lingayat Jangam priest on the top of the head under a cloth cap.
“Traditional Jewelry of India – Oppi Untracht – Page 133.
LATE 19th or EARLY 20th CENTURY LARGE GODDESS DURGA AMULET PENDANT, RAJASTHAN, NORTHERN INDIA, 86 GRAMS
Amulets of this size and high grade silver are used as portable shrines
ANTIQUE GODDESS KALI AMULET PENDANT, RAJASTHAN, INDIA
INDIAN MUGHAL ERA, HIGH GRADE SILVER HORSE ORNAMENT AMULET PENDANTS
(PADAK MALA) – Originally with Gold Wash
Reference: Traditional Jewelry of India, Oppi Untract, Page 207, Ornaments of Animals
19TH CENTURY SILVER HANUMAN AMULET PENDANT
RAJASTHAN, INDIA, 30 GRAMS
VINTAGE BRITISH INDIA , HIGH GRADE SILVER , HALF RUPEE ADJUSTABLE LENGTH NECKLACE, HIMACHAL PRADESH
CIRCA: 1921 – 1936, 187 Grams
An antique high grade silver British India half rupee choker or adjustable length necklace with thirteen half rupee coins and four quarter rupee coins, Himachal Pradesh, northern India. The half rupees on the front side of the necklace show the denomination and dates from 1916 –1936 within a circle, and flower surrounds, and on the reverse side is a crowned bust of George V King Emperor (1910-1936). There are four quarter rupee coins with dates 1919,1910,1918,1907, two are crowned bust of George V King Emperor (1910-1936) and two are the bust of Emperor and King Edward V11 (1901-1910). The total weight of the necklace is 187 grams (6.6 oz) approx. There is no right side to the necklace, it can be worn either way – whichever coin side you like. The necklace has been strung on a black Indian traditional handmade adjustable cotton thread cord with a cotton bead slider and is in excellent condition. The black cotton cord lengths are 12″inches (30.5cm) each side measured from the silver end beads, with a 2 1/2″ (6.5cm) tassle. The total length of the adjustable necklace is 36″ (91cm). The heavy high grade silver beads, typical of Himachal Pradesh, length: 3/8″ (10cm each). The half and quarter rupees have been silver tested for sterling silver as The British-Indian government used precious metal coinage until 1947. PRICE: AUD $1350.00.
ANTIQUE SILVER TAVIZ AMULET BOX PENDANTS NECKLACE, HIMACHAL PRADESH, CIRCA: 1900′s, 110.10 GRAMS
A beautiful silver necklace adorned with three early 20th century antique silver taviz amulet pendants from Himachal Pradesh, India. The three pendants came off the same old necklace and are basically matched except for slight size variation. PRICE: AUD $595.00.
c. 1850′s GANESH AND PAVARTI HIGH GRADE SILVER AMULET ALTER PLAQUERAJASTHAN, INDIA, 8.9 Grams (0.315oz), 4.4cm x 4.2cm
LARGE ANTIQUE SILVER TAVIZ AMULET BOX PENDANT, WORN AS A CENTRAL UNIT IN A NECKLACE RAJASTHAN, NORTHERN INDIA
Length: 8cm ( 3 1/4″), Height: 3.5cm (1 3/8″), Weight: 41.2 Grams (1.455 oz)
This is a beautiful rare antique high grade silver tubular hexegon taviz amulet pendant container from northern India. Originally the amulet pendant container would have held the wearers protective amulet, or script and prayers which are to protect the wearer from all calamities. This container without any visible access meant not just to hold but also to seclude the amuletic object(s) from view. (There is no wax element in the container). 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 three bales with decorative finals on each. The container has rounded ends. It has been silver tested for high grade silver 92.5% approx. 42.5 Grams. PRICE: AUD $525.00.
RAJASTHAN, NORTHERN INDIA, 30 GRAMS
A typical 19th century decorated silver amulet from Rajasthan, northern India has a chased beautiful folk style image of Goddess Sanjhi-Devi, (called Hoi in Harayana). Sanjhi-Devi is one of the many mother Goddess forms worshiped throughout India. Village women make clay images of Sanjhi-Devi on house walls for the worship of Devi, the supreme Hindu goddess, during the Sanjhi-Devi Puja in September and October. Her image is an inseparable part of ceremonies in which only women participate to make vows and to whom the unmarried girls pray to obtain a good husband, many children and prosperity. Sanjhi images can be found in villages and cities of Rajasthan, Punjab, Harayna and Utta Pradesh. Tested for high grade silver 92.5% approx. Weight: 30 grams, Height: 65cm (2 ¾”). Width: 59cm (2¼”). PRICE: AUD $325.00.
This is an early 1900′s very heavy white metal (no silver content) amulet necklace from the Bhil Tribes of Rajasthan, northern India. The necklace consisting of two top triangular spacers (tekra), connecting five traditional Bhil style chains of silver links, with a central amulet. The amulet is very well die stamped with the Tree of Life motif – a symbol of fertility, flanked by four peacocks. It has two decorative bales (one slightly damaged in the front) with floral units, and a final at the base of the amulet extending up the back for extra strength.The chain length is: 90cm (35″), Drop: 45cm (17 1/2″), Amulet Height: 7cm (2 3/4″) including bales, Amulet Width: 5.8cm (2 1/4″). The weight of necklace is very heavy 279.4 grams (9.85 oz.) and has been tested for mixed metal. PRICE: AUD $195.00.
ANTIQUE SOLID SILVER TIKKA GAJRE BALL PENDANTS, RAJASTHAN, INDIA,
ANTIQUE INDIAN AMULET, HIGH GRADE SILVER, “SURYA SUN SYMBOL” PENDANT
RAJASTHAN, INDIA, 60 GRAMS
This is a large heavy 19th or early 20th century high grade silver amulet pendant from Rajasthan, northern India of the “Surya Sun Symbol”. The amulet is beautifully detailed, represented by walled-in heavy ornate silver borders around the shape of a rectangle, the form symbolic of a house plan and family unity, enclosing a circular silver disc with a central silver ball representing the sun, from which power flows to all other parts. The amulet has eight decorative bales with extension down the back of the amulet, and a decorative silver border added with stamped floral units to cover joins. Height: 7cm (2 5/8””) including Bale, Width: 8cm (3 1/8″), Bale: 7mm (3/8″), Weight: 60 grams. Material: Tested silver high grade 92.5%. PRICE: AUD $350.00.
ANTIQUE BRASS “HANUMAN THE MONKEY GOD” AMULET, USED AS AN ALTER PLAQUE
45.2 Grams (1.595), 5.5cm x 5cm
ANTIQUE INDIAN CAST BRASS SECTARIAN BODY STAMPS, SCRIPT RELATED TO DEITY,
INSCRIPTION: IN OLD BENGALI – SHRI SHRI RADHA KRISHNA
Navadwip, Nadia District, West Bengal:
These are antique (18th or 19th century) cast bronze and brass sectarian body stamps (chhapp). In use by Vishnu Devotees (gokul sampradaya) and others, they are dipped into a past prepared of sandalwood, then pressed on the skin. (Some paste residue is still present on these stamps.)
The square Sectarian Body Stamps have scripts related to a deity, usually Vishnu or Shiva
Traditional Jewelry of India, Oppi Untracht, – Body Decoration and Marking – Page 25.
EARLY 19th CENTURY GODDESS KALI AMULET PENDANT, RAJASTHAN, INDIA, 21.3 GRAMS
LATE 19TH or EARLY 20TH CENTURY, VISHNU’S SACRED FOOTPRINTS AMULET
RAJASTHAN, INDIA, 48 GRAMS
This is a large antique high grade silver amulet pendants of the side-by-side footprints of a standing deity, generally termed sripada (divine footprints) and worn by a wide Hindu audience, especially in northern India. (There is a similar 19th century Rajasthani silver amulet documented in “Traditional Jewelry of India” by “Oppi Untracht”. Page 105. as the ones listed above. ) The Sripada silver die-stamped amulet (madaliya) is depicted within an arrowhead form, with four bales, glass stones and ghungrus (small bells). The subject of the amulets are Vishnu’s footprints (Vishnupadaka) with a cusped arch, under an honorific umbrella. The amulet has been silver tested for high grade silver 92.5%. Height: 7.55cm (3 1/2″) including Bale and bells, Width: 5.5 cm (2 1/4”) (excluding ghrungrus), Bale: 7mm (1/4″), Weight: 48 grams. PRICE: AUD $350.00.
ANTIQUE SILVER FLEXIBLE CHAIN ANKLET, HIGH GRADE AND OLD SILVER
RAJASTHAN, INDIA, 48.7 GRAMS (1.710oz).
VINTAGE INDIAN TWIN PENDANT NAGALI EARRINGS
WORN BY MARRIED DHEBARIA RABARI WOMEN, PUSHKA, RAJASTHAN, NORTHERN INDIA,
The Dhebari Rabari earrings illustrated above are worn as the mark of a married woman, and were made for stretched earlobes. New ear wires have been attached to these for wearing.
An interesting aspect of Rabari women is their earrings which are the most abstract form of snake earrings. The name of the nagali earrings is described by women in Puskar, Rajasthan as a mushroom which is called ” Snake Umbrella” and comes out after the rains, because snakes have the habit of hiding under its hood. The nagali earrings are supposed to stand for the double shape of the mushroom.
VINTAGE RAJASTHANI SILVER JHUMKA EARRINGS
ANTIQUE INDIAN SILVER FOLK STYLE GODDESS DEVI AMULETS from HIMACHAL PRADESH STATE, NORTHERN INDIA
It is also becoming hard to find Folk Style amulets from Himachal Pradesh in the Western Himalayas. They are late 19th century to mid 20th century amulet pendant from the Himachal Pradesh State, bordered by Jammu and Kashmir on the north, Punjab and the Tibet Autonomous Region on the east. About 90% of the population still live in a rural environment.
This square form of amulet is symbolic of a house plan or representing family unity. The amulets feature a folk style Goddess Devi figure. The three sets of dangles with bells are in the typical Himachal Pradesh style with the wrapped silver wire attaching to the ring clips. They make a beautiful delicate jingling sound.
LARGE, RARE, ANTIQUE SILVER PENDANT, HIMACHAL PRADESH STATE, NORTHERN INDIA
An early to mid 20th century old silver (80-90%) pendant worn by the women in the Himachal Pradesh State in northern India. The jewelers of Kangra, Chamba, Mandi and Kullu were famous for their silver jewellery skills. Kangra was the kingdom of Rajput in earlier days. They mainly worked with silver. The pendant is still in very good condition. The pendant has a double bale and can be strung on a single or a double strand. Height 10.5cm (4″), Width 5cm (2″ ), Weight 38.1 grams (1.345oz.). PRICE: AUD $275.00.
ANTIQUE “SURYA SUN SYMBOL” SLIGHTLY CONVEX MANDALA SILVER PENDANT, HIMACHAL PRADESH, 19 GRAMS
This is probably a late 19th century to early 20th century deep blue and green mandala pendant worn by the women in the Himachal Pradesh State in northern India. The mandala or “circle” pendant symbol is in the shape of the sun with the sun’s rays. The main goal of a mandalas is to achieve harmony between our inner state of being and the outer world. PRICE: AUD $155.00.
HIGH GRADE SILVER KADLA BRACELET, GUJARAT or RAJASTHAN, INDIA,
120 Grams (4.245oz.)
HIGH GRADE SILVER KADLA BRACELET, GUJARAT or RAJASTHAN, INDIA,
102.6 Grams (3.62 oz.)
ANTIQUE INDIAN SILVER BAZUBAND ARMLET, INDIA, 23.3 Grams , 8.20 oz.
BRITISH INDIA HALF RUPEE SILVER COIN CHOKER NECKLACE
RAJASTHAN, INDIA, 48.4 GRAMS (1.705oz)
This is an antique sterling silver British India half rupee silver choker necklace with six half rupee coins from Rajasthan, northern India. Each half rupee coin has two ornate decorative bales with floral units on the front and the six half rupees are extremely well matched and made. The half rupees on the front side of the necklace show the crowned bust of George V King Emperor (1910-1936). On the reverse side within a circle the half rupee denomination and dates from 1917 –1921, and flower surrounds. PRICE: AUD $495.00.
ANTIQUE TEKKE TURKMEN (TURKOMAN) SILVER GILDED DAGDAN PENDANT
with SEVEN CARNELIAN STONES
TURKMENISTAN, CENTRAL ASIA
This is a collectible early 20th century classic style handcrafted Dagdan female pectoral from the Tekke ethnic group from Turkmenia, Central Asia. This amulet pendant is not a modern reproduction Turkmen (Turkoman) pendant and is extremely collectible due to their rarity and beauty. According to popular beliefs, dagdan pectorals protected their owners from evil spirits and ailments. They were of various sizes and shapes, but the most widely occurring types are shaped as birds, beetles, or frogs or combining features. This relatively small pendant is in the shape of a stylized bird in flight. The engraving of the pattern on pendant was done using very simple tools. First they drew the outline of the pattern and then engraved it using metal rods of different thickness with sharpened ends. The Dagdan pendant has seven beautiful carnelian stones in a bezel setting, with a separate front and back and a 2mm band border around the pendant leaving a sealed hollow space between the front and back plates to form a enclosed box. This pendant at one time was part of a more elaborate necklace. About 1/3 of the way up on the back you can see where another chain or cord had been strung through the hollow area between back and front. Width: 4.53cm (1 3/4″), Height: 7cm (2 3/4″‘), Weight: 13.2 Grams, Tested for 85% – 90% silver (not quite sterling). PRICE: AUD $295.00.
ANTIQUE TEKKE TURKMEN (TURKOMAN) SILVER GILDED DAGDAN PENDANT
with 2 CARNELIAN STONES, TURKMENISTAN, CENTRAL ASIA
This pendant is in the shape of a stylized bird in flight. The engraving of the pattern on pendant was done using very simple tools. First they drew the outline of the pattern and then engraved it using metal rods of different thickness with sharpened ends. The Dagdan pendant has two beautiful carnelian cabochons in a bezel setting and gold gilding. There are two turquoise colour stones (I cannot say exactly what they are). Note that the top carnelian stone setting has been mended at some time as the stone and silver bezel surround has come apart. It is quite secure with the mending – but not quiet set properly back again. I have cleaned the pendant considerably so show the detail as there was quite a layer of dirt. Width: 4.8cm (1 7/8″), Height: 6.5cm (2 1/2″, Weight: 13.6 Grams (0.480oz.), Tested for 80% – 90% Lower grade silver. PRICE: AUD $135.00.
TRADITIONAL VINTAGE LADAKH PENDANT, SILVER MIXED METAL TAVIZ BOX
LEH, LADAKH, JAMMU AND KASHMIR, INDIA, 44 GRAMS
19TH CENTURY TIBETAN SILVER GAU OR GHAU AMULET BOXES
Please refer to my TIBETAN POST for full details:
TIBETAN GAU or GHAU BOXES, TIBETAN JEWELLERY, HIMALAYAN JEWELLERY
Antique Oval Tibetan Gau, Ghau Box, High Grade Silver, Brass, Copper, Coral Cabochon, 48.6 Grams,
LARGE ANTIQUE TRADITIONAL TIBETAN PENDANT FROM LHASA
ROUND HIGH GRADE SILVER with TURQUOISE CABOCHON
72 GRAMS, Early to Mid 20th Century
ANTIQUE TIBETAN SILVER BEAD, TRADITIONAL GREEN AVENTURINE CABOCHON, BEAD HAIR ORNAMENT, SHAPE OF A CONCH SHELL, 16.7 GRAM
This is a late 19th to early 20th century traditional high grade silver and green aventurine cabochon bead or hair ornament from Tibet with a brass backing plate. This bead is in the shape of conch shell. In Tibetan Buddhism it is one of a particular set of eight auspicious symbols. This bead would have been used to sew on clothing, as part of a necklace, or worn in the hair as part of a Tibetan woman’s headdress called a “Pagor”. This type of headdress was worn in Southern Tibet, Tsang, or part of a necklace. The silver bead has a lovely patina from being strung and worn over a long time. It has a damaged brass backing plate exposing the hard, very strong herbal fragrant wax element.
Length: 4.5cm (1 7/8″), Height: 1.5cm (5/8″), Width: 2.5cm (1″), Weight: 16.7 grams, Tested: Sterling Silver and Brass Backing Plate. PRICE: AUD $225.00.
ANTIQUE SET OF SIX, HIGH GRADE SILVER, NEPAL ONE MOHAR COINS FOR PENDANTS, SHAH DYNASTY 1881-1911, 33 GRAMS
1827 (SE) – 1905 AD 1818 (SE) – 1896 AD 1804 (SE) – 1882 AD 1818 (SE) – 1896 AD 1831 (SE) – 1909 AD 1828 (SE) – 1896 AD
FIVE BRITISH INDIA HALF RUPEE COIN SET WITH BALES, HIGH GRADE SILVER
1918-1921, 38.7 Grams
On the front is a crowned bust of George V King Emperor (1910-1936) and on the reverse side is the denomination and date within a circle and wreath surrounds. The half rupees have been silver tested for sterling silver approx. as The British-Indian government used precious metal coinage until 1947. PRICE: AUD $300.00.
BRITISH INDIA ONE RUPEE COIN PENDANTS - 1919, WITH BALES, HIGH GRADE SILVER
12.9 Grams Each, (Two Available)
On the front is a crowned bust of George V King Emperor, and on the reverse side is the denomination and date within a circle and wreath surrounds. The bales attached are sterling silver from Himachal Pradesh. Bale 19mm, Diameter 3.3cm, Weight: 12.9 grams each. PRICE: AUD $125.00 each.
ANTIQUE ETHNIC SILVER TURQUOISE STONES, PART OF FIBULA BROOCH
CENTRAL ASIA, 12 GRAMS
VINTAGE INDIAN SMALL STERLING SILVER KHOL BOX PENDANT, RAJASTHAN, INDIA 11.9 Grams
LARGE 19th CENTURY MUGHAL HAND PAINTED GANJIFA PLAYING CARD PENDANT
(NINE TIGERS), NORTHERN INDIA, 35.7 GRAMS
The Mughal Ganjifa playing cards consist of 96 cards divided into 8 suits of 12 cards with numerical and court cards containing images of figures and animals. This 19th century Ganjifa card, of the nine tigers is made of lacquered cloth and individually hand painted, the card being a unique work of art were made by artists who followed the traditions of royal court art while incorporating folk art traditions to the designs. Only Indian cards seem to have adopted the round shape as a standard, possibly adapted from the shapes of coins. The cards are lacquered after painting and the reverse normally painted in plain colour. This card has been encased in a high grade silver frame and silver backing with two decorative bales and a glass face. It measures approx. 7mm (2 ¾”) across and weighs 35.7 grams (1.260 oz). – PRICE: AUD $240.00.
Photo: Threads of Identity, Embroidery and Adornment of the Nomadic Rabaris, Judy Frater
ANTIQUE SILVER ” TWO LIONS GUARDING THE TREE OF LIFE” AMULET PENDANT
(I HAVE FOUR OF THESE AMULETS FROM THE SAME NECKLACE AVAILABLE)
These are 19th century or early 20th century high grade silver open-backed amulet pendants, die-stamped and worn by the tribal people of Rajasthan, northern India. The amulet pendants were part of a necklace. (These four amulets are all slightly different in size as seen in the photo above). The open-back form is common when there are several of the same pendants strung on a necklace. The amulets are in the arrowhead form and have decorative bales with floral units. The image is of two lions guarding the tree of life. These are original antique worn collection pieces in good condition. I have cleaned the amulets to highlight the beautiful details of the workmanship. Weight 15.2 grams – 17.8 grams, height 6cm (2 ½”), width 5cm (2”). PRICE: AUD $145.00 each.
ANTIQUE MANGO BEADS, TWENTY ONE WITH DECORATIVE BALES, Total Weight: 30 Grams
These are twenty one antique mango shaped hollow high grade silver beads with a silver sheet backing from South India. Some hang to the right and some hang to the left , they average 2.8mm x 9mm. They are quite light at 1.1 grams to 1.7 grams each a totalling 30 Grams. The mango shaped beads have been recently been tumble cleaned. Necklaces made from these beads are known as “manga malai or “necklace of mangoes”. The necklaces were worn as fertility amulets – mangoes being symbolic of fertility. There is one mango shaped bead where the silver beading around the base of the bale is loose. The beads measure approx: Width: 9 – 10mm (3/8″ inch approx.), Length: 2.5cm to 2.9cm (1″ inch approx.), 3mm holes for stringing. PRICE: AUD $210.00 – AUD $10.00 per bead.
Early 20th Century Muslim Takhti Amulet with Qur’anic Inscription
Side One and Two, Pakistan, 6.7 Grams
This is a late 19th early 20th century antique Muslim Takhti Amulet with Qur’anic Inscriptions in Arabic calligraphy on side one and side two. Amulets of this type are always inscribed with a prayer from the holy Qur’an.
The first line in the first photo reads: “In the name of God, The Merciful, the Compasionate”.
The other five lines on the front and continuing on the back are translated from: The Noble Qur’an – Surah 2. No. 255. [This Verse 2:255 is called Ayat-ul-Kursi]Allah! La ilaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), Al-Hayyyl-Qayyuum (the Ever Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists). Neither slumber nor sleep overtakes Him. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. Who is he that can intercede with Him except with His Permission? He knows what happens to them (His creatures) in this world, and what will happen to them in the Hereafter. And they will never compass anything of His Knowledge except that which He wills. His Kursi extends over the heavens and the earth, and He feels no fatigue in guarding and preserving them. And He is the Most High, the Most Great.
The amulet is very old and the two small bales show signs of wear. Height: 3.5cm (1 3/8″) including Bale, Width: 3.5cm (1 3/8″), Bale: 3mm (1/8″), Weight: 6.7 grams 0.125oz. The amulet has been tested for high grade silver 92.5% approx. PRICE: AUD $145.00.
On the front is a crowned bust of George V King Emperor, and on the reverse side is the denomination and date within a circle and wreath surrounds. The bales attached are sterling silver from Himachal Pradesh. Bale 19mm, Diameter 3.3cm, Weight: 12.8 grams, PRICE: AUD $115.00.