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Vaishnabism also known as the Bhakti Movement, born in the early 16th century. The main prophet was Chaitanya who lived, mostly in Bengal, in the 16th century. Vaishnabs worship Vishnu, the supreme god, through avatars like Krishna and Jagannath, or Chaitanya himself now considered as an incarnation of Vishnu.
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.
This POST represents a small collection of 18th and 19th century Indian Cast Brass and Bronze Sectarian Body Stamps (Chhapa)
The above painting – Indian, Pahari, about 1700 , probably Nurpur, Punjab Hills, Northern India. Opaque watercolor on plain paper. The swan is the symbol of grace and discernment. Brahmā uses the swan or a goose as his vāhana, or his carrier or vehicle.
The Four Hands – Brahma’s four arms represent the four cardinal directions: east, south, west, and north. The back right hand represents mind, the back left hand represents intellect, the front right hand is ego, and the front left hand is self-confidence.
The Rosary – Symbolizes the substances used in the process of creation.
The Book – The book symbolizes knowledge.
The Gold – Gold symbolizes activity; the golden face of Brahma indicates that He is actively involved in the process of creating the Universe.
The Swan – The swan is the symbol of grace and discernment. Brahma uses the swan as his vahana, or his carrier or vehicle.
The Crown – Lord Brahma’s crown indicates His supreme authority.
The Lotus – The lotus symbolizes nature and the living essence of all things and beings in the Universe.
The Beard – Brahma’s black or white beard denotes wisdom and the eternal process of creation.
The Four Faces – The four Vedas (Rik, Sama, Yajuh and Atharva). The Vedas Symbolises his four faces, heads and arms.—Wikipedia
A COLLECTION OF INDIAN CAST BRONZE AND BRASS SECTARIAN BODY STAMPS
Chhapa – BENGAL 18th & 19th CENTURIES
Navadwip, Nadia District, West Bengal:
This is a collection for sale of 18th or 19th century cast brass sectarian body stamps (chhapa). In use by Vishnu Devotees (gokul sampradaya) and others, they are dipped into a past prepared of sandalwood, then pressed on the skin (some sandalwood residue is still present on this stamp.)
The Sectarian Body Stamps have script related to a deity, usually Vishnu or Shiva.
These rectangular brass stamps (‘chhapa’) are inscribed in old Bengali script – some – REVERSED: with ‘Radha Krishna’ and is used by the Vaishnavites, particularly devotees of Chaitanya to imprint their bodies with divine names or attributes.
From the Vaishnava point of view the divine feminine energy (shakti) implies a divine source of energy, God or shaktiman. Radha has Her Krishna.” As Krishna is believed to be the source of all manifestations of God, “Shri Radha, His consort, is the original source of all shaktis” or feminine manifestation of divine energy.
These are made by the lost wax process, which starts with the fabrication of an openwork wax wire model, from which the stamp was then cast in brass. At the back, opposite the face, a supporting, bracing structure was formed that terminated in a handle, pierced by a hole. This makes it possible to link together with a ring set of different stamps, the symbols on them chosen according to the sect preference.
It is customary for many Vaishnavite, Shaivite and other sect adherents to mark the body with such stamps. The marks on the body provide a visual display of the adherent’s devotion and also to transfer the beneficence of the deity to the wearer.
According to Oppi Untracht – Traditional Jewelery of India – 1997, Page 25, ” The stamps are applied after the devotee has undergone a purifying bath. A paste of white sandalwood and water is then prepared in the case of Vaishnavites or in the case of Shaivites a paste of red sanders wood. The paste is then applied using the stamp to proscribed parts of the body such as the forehead, cheeks, shoulders, forearms and stomach.
Indian Cast Brass Sectarian Body Stamp, Mid 19th Century, Script Related To Deity
Words: Shri Shri Radha Krishna,
Bengal, India, 24.8 Grams, Length: 8.5cm (3 1/4″), Width: 2cm (7/8″)
Indian Cast Brass Sectarian Body Stamp, Mid 19th Century, Script Related To Deity, Words: Radha Krishna
Bengal, India, 13.6 Grams, Length: 8.5cm (3 1/4″), Width: 2cm (7/8″)
Indian Cast Bronze Sectarian Body Stamps, 18th – 19th Century, Indian Script Related To Deity, Vishnu or Shiva
Bengal, India, Length: 2.7cm (1″), Width: 2.3 cm (7/8″), Weight: 18.5 grams (0.655oz.)
Indian Cast Bronze or Brass Sectarian Body Stamp Forms
Traditional Jewelry of India, Oppi Untracht, – Body Decoration and Marking – Page 26