Antique Indian Amulet, Ganesh and Pavarti, Alter Shrine, Alter Plaque
RARE - This is an excellent c.1850's high grade silver amulet plaque, which would have been used to stand on a small alter or shirne.
The amulet is beautifully die stamped and detailed, represented by an chased silver border around the shape of a rectangle, the form symbolic of a house plan and family unity.
The subject of the amulet is the Hindu God Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed god of Wisdom, depicted with four arms holding an Axe, Rope, Blessings and Madaka (Rewards), and his mother Goddess Parvati holding a trident and sword in her hands
They are sitting on their thrones within a five-sided, peaked pentagon form, which symbolizes a temple (mandir).
The sun symbol of Surya is at the top center and the crested moon symbol of Chandra is above Lord Ganesha. At the bottom of the amulet under Lord Ganesha is Ganpati, the rat, Lord Ganesha’s vehicle on Earth.
This is an original antique worn collection piece in good condition. You will note that there is a small hole on Pavarti's nose and breast. The high grade silver plaque has tarnish - but will polish up beautifully.
Width: 4.2 cm (1 3/4")
Height: 4.4 cm (1 3/4")
Weight: 8.9 Grams (0.31 oz.)
Material: Tested silver high grade 92.5%