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 Gau or Ghau Boxes.
ANTIQUE HIMACHAL PRADESH PENDANT NECKLACE (Formerly a Fibula)
High Grade Silver, Turquoise, Long 26″ Silver Snake Chain, 69 Grams
This is an antique (early 20th century) large silver traditional decorative pendant which was once a fibula, or coat shawl brooch worn by the Buddhist women of Himachal Pradesh. It is called a digra resembling the front of a Tibetan woman’s Gau, backed by two hooks that are fixed into the woollen shawl. This is a heavy high grade silver 92.5% approx. pendant with filigree work and nine genuine turquoise cabochon in a bezel setting, and long 66cm (26″) high grade silver snake chain. The outer perimeter is delineated with silver beaded wire. This is followed by an outer row of very fine filigree endless knots, the second row a heavier chain of endless knots, surrounding a stylized lotus bud, symbol of purity and spiritual power, with a central turquoise. 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 ISLAMIC, PERSIAN, THREE PART, SILVER TALISMAN QURAN BOX
High Grade Silver, Two Scroll Cylinders, Probably Iran, 5.5 cm, 98 Grams
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 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.
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. Although worn in all areas, the oval-shaped silver ga’u was particularly favoured by women in Lhasa and the southern border areas of Tibet, in Sikkim and Bhutan. The front has beautiful high relief repousse work on all side and an applied chased brass centre Vajra or Dorje piece added with a genuine coral cabochon inset around a decorated brass bezel. The brass overlay is held in place with a sturdy clip on the inside. The Gau 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 ring clip for attaching other ornaments.
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.
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
A COLLECTOR’S ITEM
A late 19th or early 20th 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.
19th CENTURY INDIAN NECKLACE, SWAMI WARE STYLE “ PURUSHAMRIGA” AMULET
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″).
ANTIQUE RAJASTHANI HOOPED SILVER EARRINGS
High Grade Silver, Goldwashed, Glass Stones, Heavy at 35 Grams each, Total 70 Grams
This is a beautiful crafted pair of early 20th century traditional hooped earrings from Rajasthan, northern India. These earrings are very detailed and rather heavy at 35 grams (1.235 oz.) each, being a total weight of 70 grams. The design of floral at the top is inset with coloured glass stone (all intact). The gold washed row of floral units and birds above the silver bells are still in very good condition. The small bells are beautifully made and delicate, with the old style ring clips securing them to the back rings.
ANTIQUE INDIAN SILVER TWIN NAGLA EARRINGS
Worn by Married Dhebaria Rabari Women, Pushka, Rajasthan, 18.6 Grams-(0.66oz)
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.
ANTIQUE INDIAN HIGH GRADE SILVER MANGO EARRINGS
Northern Indian, 22.4 Grams
These are a beautiful pair of early 20th century traditional Mango shaped ear lobe earrings from northern India. Earrings such as these were worn as fertility amulets – mangoes being symbolic of fertility. The earrings are quite light at 11.3 grams each and have a short drop. They have been made from a hand beaten silver sheet, hollow with no wax element. They have floral units on each side of the bale, and a larger floral unit on the ear lobe wire.
ANTIQUE INDIAN EARRINGS, HIMACHAL PRADESH,
Round, Convex, High Grade Silver, Turquoise Earrings, 12.6 Grams
This is a pair of early to mid 20th century traditional high grade silver ethnic tribal earrings from Himachal Pradesh State, northern India. These earrings are quite light in weight, convex and die stamped with a swirling decoration and small turquoise cabochons. They have a rolled silver border. The earrings have a total weight of 12.6 gram (0.440) and the medium round earrings measure 4cm (1 3/4″) in diameter. The back long silver wire threads through the earlobe.
19 TH CENTURY SILVER INDIAN CACHE-SEXE PLATE
Tree of Life, Child’s Modesty Plate, Andhra Pradesh, India, 29 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.
ANTIQUE RAJASTHANI AMULET PENDANT NECKLACE
Tree of Life Guarded by Four Peacocks
High Grade Silver Indian Snake Chain, 70cm (27 1/2″), Total Weight: 44 Grams
This is a late 19th or early 20th century high grade silver amulet pendant, beautifully and very finely die-stamped with two bales and a separate silver backing plate, worn by the tribal people of Rajasthan, northern India. There is a decorative final at the base. The amulet pendant is in the shape of the arrowhead form, representing the leaf of the sacred pipal tree. The image is of the Tree of Life in the centre (a symbol of fertility), flanked by two sets of peacocks guarding the Tree of Life.
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.
19th CENTURY SILVER ISLAMIC, CENTRAL ASIA TALISMAN, MINIATURE QURAN SCROLL CASE
Quran Container, Afghanistan, 7.2cm (3 1/4″), 14.5 Grams
This is a late 19th century or early 20th century, high grade silver hollow tubular hexagonal talisman, amulet prayer box container designed to contain a prayer scroll from central Asia, and similar to styles and design from Afghanistan or Pashtun. It has two sturdy bales for a chain to allow the amulet to be worn as a necklace. There are two decorated end caps – one of which opens to insert a protective prayer.
19th CENTURY SILVER ISLAMIC TALISMAN, MINIATURE QURAN CASE
Iran, Afghanistan, 5.5cm (2 1/8″), 35 Grams
This is a 19th century, 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 Quran or the talismanic manuscript was small enough and in octoganal shape in order to fit in this box. The lid is engraved with the name of the Islamic phrase b-ismi-llāhi r-raḥmāni r-raḥīmi بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ “In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful”. It has two attachment loops on the sides for a chain to allow the amulet to be worn as a necklace. A latch at the top opens the hinged case.
19TH CENTURY SILVER, SOUTH ASIAN TALISMAN, PRAYER BOX CONTAINER
(Probably – Afghanistan, Pashtun or Sindh, Pakistan), 14.7 Grams
This is a 19th century high grade silver tubular octagonal talisman amulet container from, central Asia, (Afghanistan, Pashtun or Sindh, Pakistan -I cannot identify positively.) It once had green enamel decoration and there is still a few small areas with the enamel. The container has two cornerless cube bales and a flowing leaf design. When originally filled with the enamel – the amulet container would have been a really beautiful piece. The talisman container would have held a miniature paper scroll containing a combination of prayers and Qur’anic verses, and was created for placement in an amulet box.
VINTAGE INDIAN SOLID SILVER TORQUE, HANSULI, CHOKER NECKLACE
Rajasthani High Grade Silver Neck Ring, Flexible Opening, 74 Grams
(Comfortable for Wearing)
This is a vintage, solid, one piece high grade silver torque (hansuli), choker with 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.
RARE: LOW GRADE SILVER INDIAN OPIUM CONTAINER LOCKET
Mughal Era, North India, 13.4 Grams
This unusual low grade silver over copper, opium container comprises two silver convex discs with a small lid on the centre of one, from which a floral-form flap unlatches. A central floral unit on the other side ensures that the design of both sides match. The central floral unit on the front moves up and down to latch the lid closed – and this still works.
19TH CENTURY SILVER AMULET PENDANTS
The round form (mandala), or circular forms repel evil spirits who dare not enter them.
Rajasthan, Northern India
ANTIQUE SILVER YONI OR PIPAL LEAF SHAPE AMULET PENDANTS
The shape of a Yoni – the origin of life, or the pipal leaf of the sacred fig tree with the bottom pointing ovule
Rajasthan, Northern India, 21 Grams
ANTIQUE GODDESS KALI AMULET PENDANTS
Rajasthan, Northern India
The subject of these amulets 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.
19th CENTURY HINDU FOLK STYLE GODDESS SAJHI DEVI AMULET
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.
INDIAN MUGHAL ERA, HIGH GRADE SILVER HORSE ORNAMENT AMULET PENDANTS
(Padak Mala) – Originally with Gold Washed, 22.5 Grams
Reference: Traditional Jewelry of India, Oppi Untract, Page 207, Ornaments of Animals
VINTAGE INDIAN, HEAVY SOLID, HIGH GRADE SQUARE SILVER
FLEXIBLE SNAKE CHAIN NECKLACE, RAJASTHAN, NORTHERN INDIA
146.2 Grams, Length: 18″ (46cm)
Vintage Solid Woven, High Grade Silver, Square Silver Flexible Snake Chain Necklace. Square Dimensions: 6 mm x 6 mm, Weight: Heavy at 146.2 Grams (5.155oz.), Length: 46cm (18″).
VINTAGE INDIAN, HEAVY SOLID, HIGH GRADE ROUND SILVER
FLEXIBLE SNAKE CHAIN NECKLACE, RAJASTHAN, NORTHERN INDIA
159.2 Grams, Length: 18 1/2″ (47cm)
Vintage Solid Woven, High Grade Silver, Round Silver Flexible Snake Chain Necklace. Width: 7 mm, Weight: Heavy at 159.2 Grams (5.155oz.), Length: 47cm (18 1/2″).
VINTAGE INDIAN, HEAVY SOLID, HIGH GRADE SILVER, ROUND CHOKER
FLEXIBLE SNAKE CHAIN NECKLACE, RAJASTHAN, NORTHERN INDIA
168.5 Grams, (5.95oz.) Length: 16″ (42 cm)
Vintage Solid Woven, High Grade Silver, Round CHOKER Silver Flexible Snake Chain Necklace. Width: 8 mm, Weight: Heavy at 168.5 Grams (5.95 oz.), Length: 41cm (16″).
19th CENTURY SILVER FOLK GODDESS SANJHI DEVI AMULET PENDANT
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.
LARGE 19th CENTURY MUGHAL ERA HAND PAINTED GANJIFA PLAYING CARD PENDANT
DEEP GOLD PAINT NINE TIGERS, LACQUERED PAINTING – Surface Cracking
Northern India, 7 cm (2 ¾”) across, 35.7 Grams
A COLLECTOR’S ITEM
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 as evident, there is surface cracking of the paint 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.
ANTIQUE NEPAL 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 by Newari silversmiths of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. The long cuff bracelett 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 RIGID SOLID SILVER WIRE BRACELET, ARMLET
Madhya Pradesh, also used in Raipur and Orissa, Heavy at 177 Grams (6.240 oz.)
This is an early 20th century, high grade solid silver bracelet traditionally worn by the women of Madhya Pradesh, also used in Raipur and Orissa. The bracelet or armlet (nagmuri) has been made from a thick silver wire with an undulating, serpentine motif. The central motif is of a lotus bud. This is followed by rows of open petals. There is also a round silver decorative disc attached to the back of the bracelet with a sturdy ring clip. The nagmuri bracelet opens at the front.
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.
ATIQUE 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.
VINTAGE INDIAN SILVER NECKLACE and BRACELET SET
HIGH GRADE SILVER, REPLICA RUPEE COINS
Maharashtra, India, Heavy at 127.3 Grams
This is a bracelet and necklace set of high grade silver, simulating British India one rupee and 1/4 rupee coins. The necklace has 10 x small one 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.
ANTIQUE INDIAN EARRING
High Grade Silver, Double Taviz, Gajre Amulet Beads, Rajasthani Silver Hooped Earrings, 29 Grams
These are antique high grade silver double taviz and gajre ball amulet bead earrings dating from early to mid 20th century from Rajasthan, northern India. The amulet simulated gajre balls have been made from an ancient technique of silver stamping where each detail is perfectly spaced and shaped with a gajre ball pattern, attached to two taviz containers and worn as fertility amulets. These beads are hollow – with no wax filling The earrings are quite light weight at 13.7 grams and 15.2 grams. The silver hooped earrings (vintage from the 1970’s) have been decorated with silver twisted wire wrapped around the rings.
VINTAGE INDIAN RAJASTHANI EARRINGS
High Grade Silver, 4.6 Grams
This is a pair of mid 20th century traditional high grade silver genuine ethnic tribal earrings from Rajasthan, northern India. These earrings are quite light in weight and decorated with silver wire around the wire posts. They have a total weight of 4.6 gram and the long design earrings measure 5.5 cm including the hook to hang from the ear. The wires on these earrings are rather thick – 1 mm at the centre of the wire (at least 18 gauge) compared with the slightly thinner gauge for western earrings usually 20 gauge.
VINTAGE INDIAN JHUMKA EARRINGS, HIGH GRADE SILVER, RAJASTHAN
These re pairs of early to mid 20th century traditional high grade silver Jhumka (referring to the bell shape) dangle earrings from Rajasthan, northern India. These 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. The earrings have a charming tinkle with these small bells (ghrungrus) commonly attached to many Indian ornaments.
ANTIQUE SHIVA LINGAM CONTAINERS
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, emphasising instead an egalitarian society based on devotion to Shiva. His ideas are propunded 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 CONTAINER, WITH ROCK CRYSTAL LINGAM STONE
Silver Snake Chain (72 cm or 28 1/2″), Karnataka, South India, 102.6 GRAMS (3.610 oz.)
This is a very fine, heavy at 102.6 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 – this casket has a beautiful small rock crystal Shiva lingam with the lingam seated within the yoni. This is an old beautifully made, very fine 28.5″ (72cm) silver Indian snake chain that has been strung through the two outer finials allowing the box to be suspended from the neck. Material: Tested High Grade Silver 92.5% plus.
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 SHIVA LINGAM CONTAINER, WITH LINGAM STONE
Fine Silver Snake Chain (72 cm or 28 1/2″), Karnataka, South India, 85.8 Grams (3.6025 oz.)
Handbeaten – 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.
ANTIQUE INDIAN SILVER DANGLE PENDANT, HIGH GRADE SILVER
Himachal Pradesh, India, 96 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 artifact 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.
VINTAGE INDIAN NECKLACE, HIGH GRADE SILVER, REPLICA RUPEE COINS
Maharashtra, India, Heavy at 64.7 Grams
This is a vintage (probably made within the last ten years) high grade silver, simulating British India One Rupee and 1/4 Rupee coins. The necklace has a very delicate feel with the small linked chain. The necklace has 10 x small one 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.
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.
INDIAN HIGH GRADE SILVER, GOLDWASHED LARGE HOLLOW BEAD
Taken off an early 20th Century Necklace, Two 100 Year Old Indian Silver and Brass Terminals
42 Grams, (Well crafted old Indian beads like this are Rare today>
These are really beautiful 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 goldwash and is one of several that originally came off a necklace. The silver terminals with trimmed brass ends, and dovetailing in the seams, also early 20th century. These are an 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″). 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.
ANTIQUE INDIAN SILVER TAVIZ AMULET BOX PENDANT 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 INDIAN SILVER (80%-90%) PENDANT
Himachal Pradesh State, Northern India, 38 Grams
An early to mid 20th century old silver (80-90%) pendant worn by the women in the Himachal Pradesh State in northern India. The jewellers of Kangra, Chamba, Mandi and Kullu were famous for their silver jewellery skills.
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 AMULETS, HIGH GRADE SILVER, RECTANGULAR HOUSE SYMBOL
Rajasthan, Northern India, 35.5 Grams
ANTIQUE SILVER ” TWO LIONS GUARDING THE TREE OF LIFE” AMULET PENDANT
(I have three of these Amulets from the same Necklace available)
This is a 19th century or early 20th century high grade silver open-backed amulet pendant, die-stamped and worn by the tribal people of Rajasthan, northern India. The open-back form is common when there are several of the same pendants strung on a necklace. The amulet is in the arrowhead form and has a decorative bale 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.
BHUTAN, PAIR VINTAGE GILDED METAL ALLOY KOMA BROOCHES, PENDANTS
VISHVA VAJRA (Double Dorje) and LOTUS FLOWER DESIGN
RARE: This pair of gilded brass or metal alloy Bhutanese dress or cloak fasteners with inset of a turquoise cabachon are known as Koma. This pair have obvious wear and age from actual use. The contours of the brass alloy have been softened and the pair have a soft patina. They are of characteristic traditional design and were used to fasten the kira, the traditional garment of Bhutanese women, at the shoulders. This pair of fasteners are probably from around the mid 20th century, as the arrival of round shoulder brooches (koma) was only introduced in Bhutan in the early 20th century. The openwork design features superimposed square layered on the diagonal.
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.
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.
TRADITIONAL VINTAGE LADAKH PENDANT, SILVER MIXED METAL TAVIZ BOX
Leh, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, India, 44 Grams
This is vintage – probably from the 1950’s as bought in India in the early 1970’s and was already used at that time – traditional silver tone mixed metal box pendant from Leh, the capital of the state of Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir that 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. This pendant could have been worn as part of a side-of-head ornament, or as a metal ornament in a Perak, the Ladakhi woman’s head ornament embellishment. The repouse motif is the Tree of Life and it has eleven sets of ornate bells that jingle with movement.
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:
TIBETAN GAU or GHAU BOXES, TIBETAN JEWELLERY, HIMALAYAN JEWELLERY
19th CENTURY NEPALESE JANTAR, GAU BOX, KATHMANDU VALLEY, GOD VISHNU
Turquoise Stones, Red and Green Glass Stones, was originally Gilded
Like the Tibetan Gau Amulet Boxes, Jantars were used to contain prayers written on paper or other blessed objects
believed to protect the wearer.
This Jantar is completely covered in a surface residue which can be cleaned away
ANTIQUE, HIGH GRADE SILVER, NEPAL ONE MOHAR COINS FOR PENDANTS
Shah Dynasty 1881-1911
( I HAVE SIX OF THESE COINS FOR SALE as PENDANTS, AUD $65.00 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 CARNELIAN MELON BEAD NECKLACE
High Grade Silver Capped Ends, Old Tibetan Bead, 12.8 Grams
This Tibetan 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
ANTIQUE INDIAN SILVER AMULETS
ANTIQUE “SURYA SUN SYMBOL MANDALA PENDANT
(Slightly Convex), 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.
ANTIQUE ETHNIC SILVER TURQUOISE STONES, PART OF FIBULA BROOCH
Central Asia, 12 Grams
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.
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.