Antique Indian Amulet, Silver Fish Fertility Pendant
Hollow, Repousse, Chased, Gilded, Himachal Pradesh, 41.7 Grams
Antique Tibetan Gau, Tibetan Ghau Box, Silver, Turquoise, Brass, 67.2 Grams
Antique Swat Valley, Northern Pakistan, Pair Silver Bracelets
Antique Bhutanese Silver Koma Brooches, Turquoise, 10kt Gilt
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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.
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ANTIQUE TIBETAN OVAL DOMED GAU BOX NECKLACE
Tibetan Heirloom Turquoise, Translucent Tridacna Giant Clam Beads
Eyed Bodhi Seed Beads, Rudraksha Seed Beads, 51cm (20″), 84Grams
This is a beautifully ornamented with filigree work, silver beaded wire and turquoise cabochons Tibetan Ga’u box and the oval domed front is of lower grade silver (80%) approx. dating from the early to late 19th century.
The front of the Ga’u is decorated with 17 turquoise cabochon inset in wax around a decorated silver bezels. (There are four turquoise stones missing). It is strung with a stunning necklace of antique Tibetan beads measuring 51cm (20″) long.
10 x Heirloom Turquoise beads that are worn smooth from centuries of wearing on the body and ancient wear at both ends. 3 x Antique Rudraksha Seed Beads, 16 x Silver Foil Ball Spacer Beads, 6 x Antique Eyed Bodhi Seed Beads, 2 x Silver granulated Spacer Beads, 2 x Translucent Tridacna Giant Clam Beads, 2 x Small Jasper Bloodstone Nephrite Beads, 1 x Small Green Chalcedony Bead. The copper back on the Ga’u box is now missing.
ANTIQUE LADAKH NECKLACE, TURQUOISE, CORAL
High Grade Silver Beads, Three Strands, 52cm (20 1/2″), 80 Grams
The antique Ladakhi necklace with three strands of very old and well worn coral and hand made silver spacer beads falls from a three holed spacer bead. At the middle each strand is four traditional Ladakhi lotus bud flowers, two focal beads and a round silver bead, and a very old turquoise bead with the smooth surface in the inside of the hole as a true signature of age. The chain at the top of the necklace is handmade and in tightly connecting loops. The necklace itself is strung on red string with a brass woven end. The S-hook closure is newer. The necklace measures: 52cm (20 1/2″) long. There are 64 coral beads in all.
ANCIENT ETCHED CARNELIAN BEADS NECKLACE
Persia, in the Bactrian region
Light Orange Large Oval Tabular Focal Bead, Two Rectangular Beads, Small Round Beads
Five beads displaying the Longevity decoration
Circa. 250 BC-650 AD. 41 Beads, 47cm (18 1/2″), 45 grams
This is an exquisite necklace of the ancient world, Circa. 250 BC-650 AD, years old, with an etched central oval tabular carnelian bead, flanked by two high grade silver beads, and two etched rectangular beads, interspersed with smaller round beads, each with an etched geometric pattern in white. I believe these beads to be possibly from Persia, in the Bactrian region, the ancient name of a historical region, one of the ancient civilizations of Iranian peoples. Ancient Bactria was located between the Hindu Kush mountain range and the Amu Darya river, covering the flat region that straddles modern-day Afghanistan and Tajikistan. The single strand necklace composed of 41 ancient carnelians graduated in size. Each end has 5 graduated high grade silver beads and an S hook for closing. The necklace is strung on a wire of steel. Some of the beads are really small: Bead Size: Round beads 5mm to 10mm, Rectangular beads 20mm x 8mm, Centre oval tabular bead 20 x 25 x 5mm. There are five beads displaying the Longevity decoration.
LARGE ANTIQUE SILVER GODDESS DURGA, DUO BHERU BHAIRAVA FORM OF SHIVA AMULET
(Or Portable Shrine), Rajasthan, 91.7 Grams
A COLLECTOR’S ITEM
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). There are two Bheru or Bhairava forms of Shiva in his fearful aspect on each side of Goddess Durga.
19th CENTURY, MUGHAL ERA, INDIAN AMULET NECKLACE
Swami Ware Style “Purushamriga” Pendant
17″ High Grade Silver Snake Chain, 118 Grams
A COLLECTOR’S ITEM
This silver amulet pendant may have been originally worn by a ceremonial elephant, as part of a series of amulets on a necklace around the elephants neck, and has a reinforced back.
19th century repousse-work silver ‘Swami ware’ style pendant. The sphinx of India is known as Purushamriga, which means “man-beast” in Sanskrit. A mythological being with the body of a lion and the head of a human on this pendant is present in the traditions, mythology and art of South and South-East Asia. The pendant has two very sturdy bales and three sets of bells with stylized lotus flowers at the top and bottom of the amulet. The amulet measures 10 cm, (4″) across and 13 cm (5 1/4″‘) long. The woven high-grade silver flexible solid chain measures 43 cm ( 17″).
LATE 19th CENTURY LARGE GODDESS DURGA AMULET PENDANT
52cm (20 1/2″) High Grade Silver Snake Chain, 98.9 Grams
(Amulets of this size and high grade silver are also used as portable shrines)
A COLLECTOR’S ITEM
A late 19th century, extra large and rare antique high grade silver amulet pendant worn chiefly in Rajasthan, India. The amulet pendant is in the shape of a five-sided, peaked pentagon form, which symbolizes a temple (mandir), and die-stamped with a decorative bale, silver border and floral units added. The subject of the amulet is the four armed warrior “Goddess Durga” whose vehicle is a lion. 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. Goddess Durga is depicted going into to battle on her ferocious mount lion, armed with the four weapons given to her by the other Gods under a honorific umbrella, and the Sun Symbol of Surya, and the moon symbol of Chandra are by her head.
ANTIQUE INDIAN HIGH GRADE SILVER DANGLE PENDANT,
Antique Afghani Silver Chain, 51cm (20″), 102.6 Grams
A COLLECTOR’S ITEM
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 artefact made by village craftsmen with an extraordinary level of care. This is a truly beautiful piece 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.
ANTIQUE INDIAN AMULET, FISH FERTILITY PENDANT
Hollow, Repousse, Chased, Gilded, Himachal Pradesh, 41.7 Grams
This piece is entirely unique and a rare historical artifact made by village craftsmen with an extraordinary level of care. The jewelers of Kangra in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, were famous for their silver jewellery skills. Kangra was the kingdom of Rajput in earlier days. The fish is a female fertility symbol in India, due to is supposed formal resemblance to the human female reproductive organs, the fish might have assumed that status in the primitive past. Later in the classical period also it retained its symbolic significance as a female fertility symbol. The hollow pendant is still in very good condition with decorative repousse and chasing. There is still remnants of the gold wash over the front of the pendant.
ANTIQUE INDIAN AMULET, LORD GANESH, GODDESS PAVARTI BOX PENDANT NECKLACE
Rajasthan, Northern India, 92 Grams
This is a beautifully made c. 1850’s high grade silver box amulet pendant from Rajasthan, northern India, and quite heavy at 92 grams. The amulet pendant is in the shape of a square, represented by walled-in borders, the form symbolic of a house plan and family unity, around the shape of another square, with the die stamped image of Lord Ganesh and Goddess Pavarti.
SRI LANKAN SILVER NECKLACE, 19th CENTURY
High Grade Silver, 80 Grams, 46cm (18″)
This is a 19th century, solid silver necklace from Sri Lanka, (formerly Ceylon) and from the old capital city of Kandy in the island’s central highlands. (A similar necklace is detailed in “Asian Jewellery, Ethnic Rings, Bracelets, Necklaces, Earrings, Belts, Head Ornaments from then Ghysels collection. Berenice Goeffroy-Schneiter dating to 19th century. The central focal crescent shaped section of this Sinhalese necklace is decorated with very fine filigree, silver granulation and platted silver wire. It has silver side chain extensions with a herringbone plaited cord and an ‘S’ clip for closing. The stylized representation of individual buds from the fragrant jasmine flower are crafted with such precision and exactitude and are graded in size along the bottom border of the necklace.
LALIBELA, LARGE ETHIOPIAN COPTIC SILVER CROSS
Engraved, Hinged, Symbols, 80% Silver
Early 20th Century, 41.8 Grams
This is an early 20th century (dated by other very similar examples in Museums) and has clear signs of wear and age. The Lalibela crosses are distinctive intricate interwoven and crossed designs worn primarily by African Christians. Lalibela is a town in northern Ethiopia famous for monolithic rock-cut churches. Lalibela is one of Ethiopia’s holiest cities.
The Coptic Cross is full of symbols:
1. The upper part of the cross pattee is fixed with a hinge, that is joined to the larger cross.
2. The central component made from a silver sheet, comprises in interlaced, engraved and pierced King Solomons quadruple knot and is interpreted to symbolize eternity.
3. The centre cross has five incised circles or indentations representing the five wounds of Christ, comprising one through each hand or wrist, one through each foot, and one to the chest.
4. The four birds (doves) at the sides shown between the arms of the cross serve as symbols for the Holy Ghost.
5. The three final crosses on the lower arms refer to the Trinity.
ANTIQUE ETHIOPIAN TELSUM, SILVER PRAYER BOX NECKLACE
(Opens) Long Mixed Metal Chain, 105cm (41 1/2″), 102 Grams
This is an early 20th century Ethiopian silver prayer box pendant necklace. The hollow cylindrical telsum tube amulet prayer box has a low silver content. Ethiopian prayer boxes are traditionally made from an amalgamation of silver, alloy and or nickel. It has eight suspension bales for the four long chains to allow the amulet to be worn as a necklace. There are two end caps – one of which opens to insert a protective prayer and also has a suspension ring on the cap. The prayer box has been made from a single mixed metal sheet and twisted wire decorations. It has eight traditional Ethiopian silver dangles.
ANTIQUE NEPALESE THARU NECKLACE
Antique Cobalt Blue Wound Glass Beads, Mixed Metal Alloy Silver Centre Bead and Melon Beads
115 Grams, 48cm (18 1/2″)
This is a antique handmade Nepalese, (Kakar-manka), mixed metal alloy and antique cobalt blue wound glass beads necklace from the Tharu women in the Dang District of Nepal. The above photo illustrates the necklace. This style of necklace is also in the collection at the Quai Branly Museum. No. 71.1967.58.15 in Paris. The centre bead is over 100 years old and the necklace on one side has been restrung at some stage – in a different colour cotton thread. I have not polished the necklace, but the mixed metal alloy melon beads (8) and centre bead will polish up beautifully. The 10 cobalt blue wound glass beads really catch the light and are also probably late 19th to early 20th century. It has old leather extensions and a button for closing.
ANTIQUE INDIAN SILVER LINK CHAIN HIP BELT or NECKLACE, RAJASTHAN
Heavy, Solid, High Grade Silver, Long 99cm (39″), 284 Grams
This is an exceptional price for this belt with the weight of 284 Grams – sterling silver. A heavy, solid, high grade silver antique Indian link chain belt from Rajasthan, northern India. It comprises three strands of thick, round links that fit closely together and individually soldered. The three strands are also gathered by a series of five embellished silver three strand separators. The belt opens by means of a ‘S’ clasp, so that it can be easily placed it about the hips. The ‘S’ clasp is very sturdy and made of thick silver and will not bend. The antique Indian chain belt is heavy at 284 Grams (10.00oz.) and also quite long as to sit on the hips at 39″ (99cm). It can also be worn as a long chain necklace.
ANTIQUE RAJASTHANI SOLID SILVER RIGID TORQUE, HANSULI, CHOKER NECKLACE
Fine Indian Silver Snake Chain Back Units, 100 Grams, Extends to: 49cm (19 1/2″)
This is a late 19th to early 20th century, solid silver rigid torque (hansuli) necklace from Rajasthan, northern India. The name of this uniquely Indian form is derived from the collar bone (hansuli) on which such ornaments rest. The necklace silver central sheet has been hand beaten into a crescent shape and contoured with a separate silver beaded border added all around. Inner circumference including extension chain: 49cm (19 1/2″) .
VINTAGE INDIAN SOLID SILVER TORQUE, HANSULI, TORQUE, CHOKER NECK RING
Rajasthani, High Grade Silver, Flexible Opening, 74 Grams
(Comfortable for Wearing)
This is a vintage, solid, one piece high grade silver torque (hansuli), choker with geometrical chasing and dot punch stamping design on all four sides and a hook fastening at the back, from Rajasthan, Northern India. The ring is flexible at the opening to allow for placing around the neck. It is quite light weight at 74 grams and comfortable for wearing. It has a lovely soft worn patina.
VINTAGE INDIAN, HEAVY SOLID, HIGH GRADE SILVER
Flexible Choker Snake Chain Necklaces, FINE WEAVE
Rajasthan, Northern India
Vintage Solid Woven, High Grade Silver, Round CHOKER Silver Flexible Snake Chain Necklace. Width: 7 mm, Weight: Heavy at 168.5 Grams (5.95 oz.), Length: 41cm (16″).
ANTIQUE SHIVA LINGAM CONTAINERS,
Portable Shrine Caskets
The Lingayats, a reformist Shaiva sect (also known as the Virashaivas), are thought to have been founded by the 12th century social reformer Basavanna. He rejected all the strictures of caste and ritual, emphasizing instead an egalitarian society based on devotion to Shiva. His ideas are propounded in ‘vacanas’ or short verses written, not in Sanskrit, but in the local vernacular, Kannada. The Lingayats acknowledge no human icon of Shiva, but instead always carry with them a small linga in an amulet box which is hung around the neck.
Reference: Ayigalu Pendant, south India, C. 1850. A portable shrine, the carved rock crystal case encrusted with rubies and emeralds houses a Shiva lingam. A rock crystal bull (Nandi sits on top of the hinged lid. Dance of the Peacock, Jewellery Traditions of India, Page 197
ANTIQUE SHIVA LINGAM CASKETS, WITH LINGAM STONES
Fine Very Long (Waist Length) Silver Snake Chain (121 cm or 47 1/2″), Karnataka, South India, 65 Grams
Hand beaten – embellished with forms of Tilak, the forehead mark in Hindu religious sects on the Vertical Flanking Forms
This is a very fine Ovoid high grade Silver Lingam Casket (ayigalu or shivadhara) in the “flattened round pot” shape worn by Lingayat laypeople. Lingayats are easily distinguished from other Hindus because in most cases the lingam casket is visible on the body. The flat bottom section is embellished with a chased design. The central sphere of the box is flanked by two projecting rectangular sides- these also are embellished with forms of Tilak, the forehead mark in Hindu religious sects. There is a small jangama lingam stone in the Lingam Casket.
ANTIQUE SILVER SHIVA LINGAM CASKET, WITH LINGAM STONE
Fine Silver Snake Chain (72 cm or 28 1/2″), Karnataka, South India, 85.8 Grams
Hand beaten – With possibly South Indian Kannada Script on Inside Vertical Flanking Forms
This is a very fine, at 85.8 grams Ovoid high grade Silver Lingam Casket (ayigalu or shivadhara) in the “round pot” shape. This is the most comon type worn by Lingayat laypeople. Lingayats are easily distinguished from other Hindus because in most cases the lingam casket is visible on the body. The bottom section is embellished with a round ball finial. The central sphere of the box is flanked by two projecting rectangular sides with conical lower sections- these also are embellished with round ball finals as well. Lingam caskets carry a jangama lingam stone.
Female Lingayat Virashaiva 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.
ANTIQUE TIBETAN BELT BUCKLE CLASP FOR APRON
as PENDANT NECKLACE, 69 Grams
High Grade Silver, Turquoise, 52cm (20.5″) Indian Silver Snake Chain, 13 Grams
This is an antique (late 19th century or early 20th century) large silver traditional decorative Tibetan Woman’s belt buckle clasp for aprons. Women wear dark-coloured wrap dresses over a blouse, and a colourfully striped, woven wool apron, called pangden and signals that she is married. They are a multi-coloured, striped apron and are usually three panels and the colours can range from shades of one color to a full-on rainbow. This buckle is resembling the front of a Tibetan woman’s Gau, backed by two hooks that are fixed into the woollen apron. The heavy high grade silver 92.5% approx. pendant with filigree work and several genuine turquoise cabochons in a bezel setting. The outer perimeter is delineated with silver beaded wire. This is followed by an outer row of very fine filigree endless knots. The lotus bud hangs upside down as the bottom bale is used for hanging. All the round silver beads covering the joins are the Yin-Yang symbol (or contrary influences) and represent the belief that everything in the universe consists of two forces that are opposing but complementary.
ANTIQUE TIBETAN OBLONG GAU, c. Mid 1800’s
“Tree of Life” with Axis Mundi
High Grade Silver Box, Copper Back, FiLgree, Gilt, Genuine Coral Cabochon, 137 Grams
This Tibetan high grade silver oblong ga’u amulet box ornamented with gilt filigree work and a genuine coral was worn suspended from the top gadrooned tube. The lower decoration is a stylised dorje ornament which hangs at the bottom when worn and a loop at the bottom from which hung suspended ornaments or decorative chains that hooked up to shoulder level. The central field is covered in separately embossed or stamped gilded filigree sprig leaves, flower and petal elements, surrounding a stylized “Tree of Life with the Axis Mundi” and central coral. The central field has been applied separately on top of the silver sheet and held in place by two beautifully tailored pins.
ANTIQUE TIBETAN GAU BOX, or ANTIQUE LADAKHI GAU BOX
High Grade Silver, Turquoise, Coral, 175 Grams
A Collectors Piece: Exceptional Condition
This is a truly beautiful, rare, well preserved c. 1850’s type in octagonal form ga’u worn by Tibetan women, and also used extensively in the Himalayan districts and Ladakh in the traditional Perak headdress. (The last photo illustrates the traditional Ladakhi Perak Headdress with the octagonal Ga’u boxes as part of the ornaments.) The central motif is a stylized lotus bud infilled with a turquoise cabochon and surrounded by applied filigree wire of geometrical patterns. There is a beautiful array of varying colours of turquoise and coral stones inset around the border and silver beading wire around the edge. The front section has been tested and has been made from a high grade silver sheet which is now very dark from oxidization. The silver Ga’u box is quite heavy at 175 grams (6.140 oz.)
ANTIQUE TIBETAN GAU, c. Mid 1800’s
Silver Box, Copper Back, Turquoise Cabachon, Brass Back, 67.2 Grams
TIBET, c. 1850’s, Oval Gau, Ghau Reliquary Amulet Box with a genuine Turquoise cabochon inset around a decorated brass bezel. The front has high relief repousse work and is now worn smooth in some parts. The lower decoration is a stylised dorje ornament. The domed front has tested for approx. 80% silver and the back section is made of brass.
TIBETAN GAU, with CENTRAL SHERPA CORAL MEDALLION, HIGH GRADE SILVER
68cm (27″) c. Mid 1800’s Coral Beads Necklace, 14k Gold Clasp, 56.5 Grams
This is a Tibetan or Nepalese high grade silver ga’u amulet box ornamented with a high repousse floral central medallion and a Sherpa coral in a bezel setting. The Gau box has been suspended on an antique, c. mid 1800’s natural salmon small coral beads necklace, quite long at 68cm (27″ ) and fastened with a 14 carat gold (tests) barrel snap fastener (weight: 1 gram). The coral beads necklace weighs 20.3 Grams. The beads are not uniform in size but are basically 2mm to 4mm each – 210 beads in total.
TIBET, MID 19th CENTURY, WOMAN’S OVAL GAU, GHAU RELIQUARY AMULET BOX
(With an applied chased gilded stylized Vajra or Dorje (thunderbolt) centre piece added,
a genuine coral cabochon inset around a decorated brass bezel)
This is a beautiful small c.1850’s Tibetan Gau Amulet Box and the oval domed front is of high grade silver, 92.5% approx. The back section is made of copper. The front has beautiful high relief repousse work on all side and an applied chased gilded over brass centre Vajra or Dorje piece added with a genuine coral cabochon inset around a decorated brass bezel. The lower decoration is a stylised dorje ornament which hangs at the bottom when worn and a ring clip for attaching other ornaments.
AN ISLAMIC, PERSIAN, THREE PART, SILVER TALISMAN HOLDER
And Two Miniature Qur’an Boxes, High Grade Silver
Iran, 98 Grams
A COLLECTOR’S ITEM
This is a 19th century, high grade silver, repousse, octagonal talisman miniature Qur’an case which would have stored a miniature Qur’an or select verses of the revelation considered to hold special protective powers from Iran. The Quran or the Talismanic manuscript small enough and in octagonal shape is now missing. A latch at the bottom opens the hinged box. The talismanic nature of these objects is confirmed by the verses used in the inscriptions decorating them. The lid and sides have very fine extremely intricate, dense bands of Persian, Nastaliq script. The roundel is etched with Qur’anic invocations in Nastaliq calligraphy and also on the eight sides. It has two hollow tubular scroll containers attached, by the cotton cords, not hinged, also with rows of Persian script. Both tubes open freely. The containers would have also held a miniature paper scroll containing a combination of prayers and Qur’anic verses.
AN ISLAMIC, CENTRAL ASIA SILVER QU’RAN HOLDER, TALISMAN , KORAN CONTAINER
High Grade Silver, Antique Afghani Silver Chain, 53cm (21″), 58.4 Grams
This is an antique, (over 100 years old) high grade silver octagonal talisman miniature Qur’an case which would have contained inscriptions of verses from the Qur’an from central Asia, Iran or Afghanistan. The Qur’an or the Talismanic manuscript must be small enough and in octoganal shape in order to fit in this box. The lid is engraved with a geometric design. In Islamic art geometric designs are often built on combinations of repeated squares decorated with many different shapes. The central rosette motif is engraved of the highly classical Islamic pattern eight fold star pattern (although rather basic in design). It has an attachment loop on the top for a chain to allow the amulet to be worn as a necklace. The Qu’ran case has a 53cm (21″) antique Afghani high grade silver traditional chain attached with a S clasp for closing.
ANTIQUE ISLAMIC, CENTRAL ASIA PRAYER BOXES, TALISMAN
High Grade Silver, Large Hollow Qur’an Scroll Containers, Afghanistan, Pashtun,
Both Open Freely to Insert a Protective Prayer
These are early 20th century, high grade silver hollow cylindrical tube talisman, amulet prayer box containers, from central Asia, and similar to styles and design from Afghanistan or Pashtun. They have three sturdy suspension rings for a chain to allow the amulets to be worn as a necklace. There are two decorated end caps – one of which opens to insert a protective prayer and also has the third suspension ring on the cap. The prayer boxes have been made from a single high grade silver sheet with stamped repousse traditional geometric designs and stylized floral decorations.
(Similar examples are found at Musee Du Quai Branly – Paris, Reference No. 71.1935.115.437 and 71.1935.115.438).
19 TH CENTURY SILVER INDIAN CACHE-SEXE PLATE
Tree of Life, Child’s Modesty Plate, Andhra Pradesh, India
16″ High Grade Silver Antique Indian Square Chain, Total 43 Grams
The photo is from “Traditional Jewelry of India” – Oppi Untracht – Page 90.
Telegu girl wearing a silver cache-sexe plate, modesty plate, in the shape of a yoni or leaf of the sacred fit tree. In Tamil Nadu this ornament is called mudi-thagadu, meaning “to cover metal plate” or aramudi. Besides serving modesty, this amulet guards the body orifice that otherwise would be exposed to the entry of evil spirits and is frequently worn with two flanking cylindrical amulet cases containing mantras, which fortify it power. The yoni shape ornament bears the design of the tree of life, a symbol of fertility.
19th CENTURY SILVER FOLK GODDESS SANJHI DEVI AMULET PENDANT
Genuine Gold Tikka, Utta Pradesh, Northern India, 63.7 Grams (2.245 oz)
A COLLECTOR’S ITEM
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.
ANTIQUE INDIAN SILVER FOLK STYLE GODDESS DEVI AMULET
from Himachal Pradesh State, Northern India, 27.2 Grams
It is becoming hard to find this kind of late 19th century to early 20th century Folk Style amulets from Himachal Pradesh in the Western Himalayas today. An antique square form amulet, symbolic of a house plan or representing family unity. The amulet features two chased folk Goddess Devi figures and a square in the left corner with Hindi script. It has two sturdy bales and three sets of dangle clam shell bells and a chased pattern border. These eleven clam shaped bells are beautifully hand made and the silver borders for each bell has been attached separately. They make a beautiful delicate jingling sound.
INDIAN MUGHAL ERA, HIGH GRADE SILVER HORSE ORNAMENT AMULET PENDANT
Sacred Cow and Lotus Fertility Amulet
(Padak Mala) – Originally with Gold Wash, 22.5 Grams
Reference: Traditional Jewelry of India, Oppi Untracht, Page 207, Ornaments of Animals
19th CENTURY INDIAN AMULET, HINDU FOLK STYLE GODDESS SAJHI DEVI
Rajasthan, Northern India, 30 Grams
A typical 19th century decorated silver amulet from Rajasthan, northern India has a chased 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.
19th CENTURY INDIAN AMULET, GANESH AND PAVARTI PENDANT
The shape of a Yoni – the Origin of Life, or the Pipal Leaf of the Sacred Fig Tree
Rajasthan, Northern India, 21 Grams
RARE – An excellent large mid to late 19th century high grade silver amulet pendant worn by the tribal people of Rajasthan in northern India. The amulet pendant is in the shape of a yoni or leaf of the sacred fig tree – the bottom pointing ovule. The subject of the amulet is the Hindu Gods Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed god of Wisdom, the four armed form with Axe, Rope, Blessings and Madaka (Rewards), and his mother Goddess Parvati the consort of Shiva, with a trident, sword in her hand, disc spinning on her index finger and thunderbolt – sitting under a honorific umbrella and on their thrones. They are facing each other. At the bottom of the amulet under Lord Ganesha is Ganapati, the rat, Lord Ganesha’s vehicle on Earth. Underneath Goddess Pavarti is a Lion, Pavarti’s vehicle on Earth. The small sun symbol of Surya on the top left, and the crested moon symbol of Chandra underneath the sun.
ANTIQUE SWAT VALLEY, NORTHERN PAKISTAN, PAIR CUFF BRACELETS
High Grade Silver, Hollow, 156.2Grams
These are a very beautiful high grade silver pair of cuff bracelets from Swat Valley, Pakistan and also worn in Afghanistan (dating from other similar example I have seen to the late 19th or early century). They have a lovely soft silver patina that high silver content jewellery achieves after decades of wear. The bracelets are hollow, and as with many of the Pakistani, Afghani style of bracelets they contain small pieces of shot that tinkle lightly with movement. These are for a smaller wrist, on my wrist with a tape measure at 15.5cm (6 1/8″) around the wrist, they are a close fit, as detailed in the listing photos. They are very comfortable to wear in that position.
19th Century, SOUTH INDIAN BRACELET or ANKLET
High Grade Silver, Moveable Units, 45 Grams
A COLLECTOR’S ITEM
This is a very beautiful high grade silver anklet, bracelet or armlet with 14 movable oval silver units from South India. It has been made with moveable hinges between each silver oval unit making it very flexible and decorated with a finals and a floral units. Because of the length of 22.5cm (9″) it can also be worn as an anklet.
ANTIQUE INDIAN SILVER CUFF BRACELET
Repousse, Hollow, Madhya Pradesh, 68.3 Grams (2.410oz)
This an exceptionally detailed repousse hollow silver bracelet with terminals, from Madhya Pradesh or Rajasthan. There was a similar example sold at Christies in 2012. It is shaped to fit the wrist not being round and is very comfortable to wear. The bracelet with the opening allows for it to slip over the hand – although a very tight fit. The structure of the bracelet is too strong and does not allow for it to be twisted on. The bracelet is decorated with Three rows of repousse work, silver beading and floral units. The bracelet will suit a medium size wrist.
ANTIQUE INDIAN HIGH GRADE SILVER CUFF BRACELET
High Grade Silver, 99.5 Grams (3.510oz)
RARE: Heavy solid silver, 99.5 Grams (3.510 oz.). Very fine quality workmanship. This is a very old well worn, high grade silver bracelet. The long cuff bracelet has a traditional decorative design of very finely platted silver wire bands applied to the surface of a silver sheet and a separate rim added all the way around to border the cuff. It has a lovely soft silver patina that high silver content (approx. 98%) jewellery achieves after decades of wear, and is slightly flexible because of the high silver content. The cuff bracelet has been shaped to fit at the wrist and is oval in shape. The wrist diameter is 6.4cm (2 1/2″) widening to 7cm (2 3/4″) at the top of the cuff.
ANTIQUE INDIAN NAGMURI UNDULATING SERPENTINE BRACELET
Rigid Solid Silver Double Wire Armlet, Madhya Pradesh, 156.9 Grams (5.535 oz.)
This is an early 20th century, high grade solid silver bracelet traditionally worn by the women of Raipur, Madhya Pradesh, central India, and also in Orissa. The bracelet or armlet (nagmuri) has been made from double silver wire with an undulating, serpentine motif. It has a lovely soft silver patina that high silver content jewellery achieves after decades of wear. The nagmuri bracelet does not open but is large enough to slip over the hand.
ANTIQUE INDIAN KADLA BRACELET, HIGH GRADE SILVER
Gujarat or Rajasthan, Northern India, 120.3 Grams (4.245 oz.)
This is heavy at 120 Grams of high grade silver, vintage 1940’s approx. Indian Kadla bracelet looks like it came straight out of a modern jeweller’s studio. The large, hollow cast, made in two parts, high grade silver bracelet opens when the quarter hinged part screw is removed, allowing the part to separate from the front hinge. This is quite an easy operation. The Kadla or Kadiya bracelet is made of a heavy round cast silver sections, tapering to one end with the hand beaten flared rectangle terminals at the front.
VINTAGE INDIAN BRACELET, HIGH GRADE SILVER, REPLICA RUPEE COINS
Maharashtra, India, Heavy at 62.6 Gram
This is a vintage (probably within the last 10 years) high grade silver, simulating British India one rupee and 1/4 rupee coins bracelet or bazuband. The simulated coins are very well 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, they would pass for were real currency.
ANTIQUE INDIAN SILVER TWIN NAGLA EARRINGS
Worn by Married Dhebaria Rabari Women, Pushka, Rajasthan, 18.6 Grams-(0.66oz)
A COLLECTOR’S ITEM
This is a pair of early to mid 20th century traditional tribal high grade silver earrings, Nagla, women’s lobe earrings worn by married Dhebaria Rabari women. The Rabari of Pushka are nomadic people who move between Gujarat and the Rajasthan. These drop earrings are quite matched in design with the silver band across the front of the earrings, and sets of delicate bells and floral units. They have western size wires for the ear. There is heavy silver tarnish because of age and will polish up beautifully.
VINTAGE INDIAN JHUMKA EARRINGS,
High Grade Silver, Rajasthan
There are two pairs of early to mid 20th century traditional high grade silver Jhumka (referring to the bell shape) dangle earrings from Rajasthan, northern India. They are long hanging earrings from the earlobe. This shape is often found in traditional Indian jewellery. The earrings are quite detailed with the ridged design at the top and rows of silver dangling bells around the base and inside. They have a total weight of 35.7 grams and 33.6 grams per pair. The earrings have a charming tinkle with these small bells (ghrungrus) commonly attached to many Indian ornaments.
19TH CENTURY SILVER INDIAN AMULET PENDANTS
The round form (mandala), or circular forms repel evil spirits who dare not enter them.
Rajasthan, Northern India
ANTIQUE GODDESS KALI AMULET PENDANT
Rajasthan, Northern India
The subject of these amulet is Goddess Kali, the symbolic destroyer of evil, is worshipped by her followers to remove negative tendencies which hinder spiritual progress and material prosperity. The image of Goddess Kali has four arms. She holds in her hands attributes associated with Shiva: a sword, a trident, a skull, and a drum. She has a belt of skulls around her waist and the dog, her vehicle, at her feet. Goddess Kali has her tongue outstretched. The outstretched tongue of Kali distinguishes her from all other gods and goddesses of the Hindu pantheon.
VINTAGE INDIAN PENDANT, formally a RAJASTHANI FOREHEAD ORNAMENT
High Grade Silver and Wax Element, Antique Indian Silver Terminal Beads, 44 Grams
This is an antique silver forehead ornament center piece and two high grade silver antique terminal beads from Rajasthan, India. The terminal beads are beautifully made and of very high quality and are 50mm long, 13mm at the bottom – as detailed in the last listing photo. The forehead ornament is filled with wax and the ornament is worn by the Bhil tribes. The bottom section of the ornament is decorated with simulated gajre balls made from a stamped silver sheet. You will see that the simulated gajre ball points have worn smooth and through, but this does not detract from the beauty of the pendant.
ANTIQUE INDIAN SILVER TAVIZ AMULET BOX PENDANTS NECKLACE
Himachal Pradesh State, Circa: 1900’s, 110.10 Grams
A 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. There is a wax element in each taviz.
LARGE ANTIQUE HIMACHAL PRADESH SILVER (80%-90%) PENDANT
Himachal Pradesh State, Northern India, 38 Grams
VINTAGE INDIAN SMALL HIGH GRADE SILVER KHOL BOX PENDANT
Rajasthan, Northern India, 11.9 Grams
This is a small vintage high grade silver Khol Box Pendant from Rajasthan, Northern India. Kohl was originally used as protection against eye ailments. There was also a belief that darkening around the eyes would protect one from the harsh rays of the sun. The Kohl Box pendant opensed, and has five sets of bells attached. The central motif has blue and burgundy enamel inside the
ANTIQUE INDIAN AMULET, HIGH GRADE SILVER, “SURYA SUN SYMBOL” PENDANT
Rajasthan, Northern India, 60 Grams
ANTIQUE INDIAN AMULET, HIGH GRADE SILVER, “SURYA SUN SYMBOL” PENDANT
Rajasthan, Northern India, 35.5 Grams
These are large heavy 19th or early 20th century high grade silver amulet pendants from Rajasthan, northern India of the “Surya Sun Symbol”. The amulets are 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 amulets have decorative bales with extension down the back and a decorative silver border added with stamped floral units to cover joins.
ANTIQUE INDIAN AMULET, SILVER HANUMAN PENDANT
Rajasthan, India, High Grade Silver, 30 Grams
This is a quite large, late 19th century or early 20th century high grade silver amulet pendant from Rajasthan, northern India of Hanuman, the celebrated celestial monkey chief, and an ardent devotee of Rama, a central character in the Indian epic Ramayana. Hanuman is depicted within an arrowhead form amulet, flying through the air to bring the healing Himalayan herbs to cure the wounded on the Sri Lanka battlefield, as related in the Ramayana. He has his club in one hand and holding the herbs in th other. There would have been semi precious stones surrounding Hanuman at one time, but are now missing. There is still some burgundy enamel paint on the amulet which is very hard to remove.
PAIR BHUTAN KOMA BROOCHES, SILVER, TURUQOISE, 10Kt GILT
Buddhist Symbol Knot of Eternity Silver Chain, 137 Grams (4.84oz.)
RARE: This pair of silver (tested 80% approx.) 10kt gilt Buddhist Symbols Bhutanese dress or cloak fasteners with inset of 5 small turquoise stones in each, known as koma. The openwork design features superimposed square layered on the diagonal. Contrasting overlay gilt decorated the top – some has now worn off. On the reverse of each koma is soldered a metal bar tapered to points which bend inwards to form a fastening device. Also attached on the reverse of each koma is a small ring for the addition of the chain or japtha.The backs of the koma brooches tested as mixed metal alloy. The chain is made up of cast double Dorje symbol units (a double dorje, or vishvavajra, are two dorjes connected to form crossed dorjes. It stands for the stability or foundation of the physical world). It has a beautiful silver Knot of Eternity inset with a turquoise stone on each side at the center back of the chain. There are the eight Glorious Emblems, sacred Buddhist auspicious symbols incorporated in the design pattern at each of the four points in the square.
1930’s TIBETAN CHATELAINE, GENUINE TURQUOISE, CORAL BEADS
4 x Rare 1 1/2 Tibetan Srang Silver Coins
Endless Knot Centre Piece, with Turquoise Cabochons on Both Sides
Length, 37 cm (14 1/2″) , 80.5 Grams
Known as – “Chab Chab” or “Chap Chap” Tibet or Eastern Tibet, 1930-1946.
This Tibetan woman’s chatelaine set or chab chab is a piece of jewellery which wealthy Tibetan ladies in the 19th to early 20th century, attached to their clothes beneath the right shoulder and worn with a full set of jewellery and ornaments. It consists of a ‘Knot of Eternity’ main part to which various small grooming tools are attached with small chains. Among the grooming tools are found such instruments as a toothpick, a small spoon for cleaning the ears, pinces and a knife for manicure. The central ornament Knot of Eternity is two sided, it has the same turquoise stones in bezel settings on the front and back. This Buddhist symbol representing the interconnection of all things. 11 Turquoise Stones, 2 Coral Beads.
ANTIQUE TIBETAN TURQUOISE HAIR BEAD ORNAMENT, NECKLACE
High Grade Silver Tibetan Hair Bead, Mixed Metal Silver Chain, 25.6 Gram
This is a late 19th century or early 20th century traditional high grade silver and turquoise cabochon bead hair ornament from Tibet, with a mixed metal backing plate. This pale blue-green, uniformly coloured turquoise has a deep patina and a very smooth texture. This type of turquoise is still sought after by Tibetans.
ANTIQUE TIBETAN TURQUOISE HAIR BEAD ORNAMENT, NECKLACE
High Grade Silver Tibetan Hair Bead, 45 cm (18″) Sterling Silver Snake Chain, 30 Gram
This is a late 19th century or early 20th century traditional high grade silver and turquoise cabochon bead hair ornament from Tibet, with a mixed metal backing plate. The bead has very fine silverwork and is in excellent condition. This variegated blue and green turquoises is crisscrossed by a matrix of brown veins that ranges from hardly noticeable to very conspicuous, and from the physical state of this stone is probably from the last two or three centuries. This type of turquoise is still sought after by Tibetans.
ANTIQUE TIBETAN TURQUOISE HAIR BEAD ORNAMENT, NECKLACE
High Grade Silver Tibetan Hair Bead, Quite Large, 6.3cm, 27.7 Gram
This is a rather large, late 19th century or early 20th century traditional high grade silver and turquoise cabochon bead hair ornament from Tibet. This teal-green to lime-green coloured turquoise is found with many signs of heavy wear. Its matrix appears in small patches. This uncommon type of turquoise may be as much as 500 years old and from a mine no longer in production.This comparison detail is taken from:
RARE: TIBETAN ANTIQUE LARGE, MIXED METAL ALLOY, TURQUOISE CABOCHON BEAD
109th Bead on Mala Called Stupa or Guru Bead, 8.5cm, 43.5 Grams
When Tibetans recite the mani mantra, they are in effect saying
“All is well. Everything is perfect. Wisdom and compassion uphold every atom!”
A COLLECTOR’S ITEM
This is an antique large Tibetan Mixed Metal 109th bead on a Mala – called Sumeru, Bindu, Stupa or Guru Bead. The bead is in the original form of the Caitya, or Stupa with the pinnacle modelled after a Lotus Flower, and is 8.5cm. It is made of mixed metal with a six lotus petal final inset with turquoise cabochons. Buddhist prayer beads are a traditional tool used to count the number of times a mantra is recited whilst meditating. In Tibetan Buddhism, traditionally the mala of 108 beads are used. Doing one 108-bead mala counts as the 108 worldly sins in Buddhist doctrine. The 109th bead on a mala is called the sumeru, bindu, stupa, or guru bead.
VINTAGE LADAKH WOMAN’S DODCHAS or WAIST ORNAMENT
Early 20th Century, Brass Eternal Knot Disc, 12.5 cm, Cowrie Shells, Bells, 375 Grams
A COLLECTOR’S ITEM
Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir State, India c.early 20th century.
This is a rare and part of the traditional female costume of Ladakh, Western Himalayas, a waist or belt ornament (known as a dodchas) and still worn today. It is quite heavy at 375 grams (13.22 oz.) and hangs by a bar across the back of the top of the brass disc, from the waist on a silk waistband hanging at the side of the body. It has a large circular 12.5cm (5″) openwork brass disc, with the central decoration in the form of the knot of eternity (or endless knot), one of the Eight Auspicious Emblems of Buddhism. This Buddhist symbol representing the interconnection of all things.
ANTIQUE LADAKH GAU PENDANTS, ORNAMENTS, SILVER OPEN BACKED
Turquoise Colour Glass Central Stones
Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir lies between the Kunlun mountain range in the north and the main Great Himalayas to the south, inhabited by people of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan descent. A majority of Ladakhis are Tibetan Buddhists and the rest are mostly Shia Muslims.
These are antique small high grade silver traditional decorative ga’u fronts and pentant.The surface is partially worked in repoussage and detail chasing of scrolling creepers. It is set with a imitation turquoise (glass) central stones. They have a stylized dorje at the bottom.
19TH CENTURY TIBETAN SILVER GAU OR GHAU AMULET BOXES
Please refer to my TIBETAN POST for full details:
CHAMDO, EASTERN TIBET, LARGE MAN’S GHAU, GAU AMULET BOX
Copper with Brass Overlays, Iron Inner Sides
Central Crossed Gems Symbol (Nor-bu-bskor-cha) , 428.6 Grams
TIBETAN GAU, PARCEL GILT, HIGH GRADE SILVER
Filigree, Turquoise, Coral Ga’u Reliquary Box
c. 1850, 89.5 Grams
ANTIQUE, HIGH GRADE SILVER, NEPAL ONE MOHAR COINS FOR PENDANTS
( I HAVE FIVE OF THESE COINS LEFT FOR SALE as PENDANTS, USD $55.00 EACH)
1827 (SE) – 1905 AD, 1818 (SE) – 1896 AD ,1804 (SE) – 1882, AD 1818 (SE) – 1896, AD 1831 (SE) – 1909 AD, 1828 (SE) – 1896 AD
LONG VINTAGE RUDRAKSHA SEED BEADS, INDIAN SILVER BICONE BEADS NECKLACE
This is a vintage – within the last 10 years, Rudraksha seed beads and high grade silver, lightweight Indian bicone beads, on a wax core. The necklace is hand knotted with a silver ‘S’ clasp for closing. As per ancient Indian scriptures, word Rudraksha is derived from Rudra (Shiva—the Hindu god of all living creatures) and Aksha (eyes).
VINTAGE TIBETAN IMMITATION (GLASS) dZI BEADS, THREE EYED
approx. 50 Years Old
These dZI glass beads were probably created in India for the Tibetan market and have been assessed to be approximately 50 years old. The Tibetan dZi vintage imitation glass beads necklace on the original cotton thread strand with mixed metal silver spacer beads. The beads shown here and are mostly of the common three “eyed” type. The average bead size is between 3cm and 3.5cm long, 1.3cm to 1.5cm wide and they do have a lovely patina. Each bead weighs between 6 to 9 grams:
VINTAGE TIBETAN PEMA RAKA CARNELIAN MELON BEAD NECKLACE
High Grade Silver Capped Ends, Old Tibetan Bead, 12.8 Grams
This Tibetan pema raka carnelian bead is estimated approx. 50 years old and in the traditional barrel-shape with longitudian creases. It has repousse high grade silver capps (added at a later date). The most common name for these beads is melon-beads, supposedly derived from their resemblance to a creased melon.
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 now. Below are late 19th century to mid 20th century amulet pendant from 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 figures. 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.
ANTIQUE SEVEN MOTHERS (SAPTA MATRIKAS) AMULETS
Rajasthan, Northern India
Photo: Threads of Identity, Embroidery and Adornment of the Nomadic Rabaris, Judy Frater
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ANTIQUE INDIAN SILVER AMULETS
ANTIQUE INDIAN LARGE SILVER GOLDWASHED BEAD, TERMINAL BEADS
KHOL BOX PENDANT
ETHNIC SILVER TURQUOISE STONES, PART OF FIBULA BROOCH
Central Asia, 12 Grams
VINTAGE INDIAN AND KAZAKSTAN FINGER RINGS
ANTIQUE INDIAN CAST BRASS SECTARIAN BODY STAMPS, CHHAPA, 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.