Antique Indian Amulet, Goddess Durga, Rajasthan, High Grade Silver, 19.3 Grams
This is an antique, very well made amulet of high grade silver, worn chiefly in Rajasthan, India, and quite heavy at 19.3 grams. There is evidence of wear.
The amulet pendant is in the shape of a five-sided, peaked pentagon form, which symbolizes a temple (mandir), and die-stamped. The edge of the border and decorative bale have floral units added and the back of the amulet has a reinforced border.
The five-sided peaked pentagon form is also known as a "Patri" amulet.
The subject of the amulet is the 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 rides a lion, her celestial mount (vehicle or vahana). The lion is extremely powerful, therefore symbols of Durga's unlimited power as well as prowess over destroying the negative forces surrounding us signifying assurance of freedom from fear.
The amulet has been strung on a new black Indian traditional handmade cotton thread cord with a looped end for closing.
This is an early 20th century antique collection piece in good condition. I have not cleaned the amulet and will polish up beautifully.
Height: 6 cm (2 3/8") including Bale
Width: 4.5 cm ( 1 3/4")
Bale: 6 mm (1/4")
Weight: 19.3 grams (0.68 oz.)
Cord Length: 462 cm (18")
Material: Tested Silver high grade 92.5% approx.