Antique Indian Amulet, Goddess Kali Pendant
This is quite a large example of a mid 20th century high grade silver amulet pendant worn by the tribal people of Rajasthan northern India. The amulet pendant is in the shape of a yoni or leaf of the sacred fig tree - the bottom pointing ovule, and die-stamped with a sturdy bale.
It has a rolled silver border and a silver bar extension down the back for extra support. From the listing photos you will see that the figure is quite raised from the surface of the silver sheet.
The subject of the 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.
This image of Goddess Kali has four arms. She holds in her hands attributes associated with Shiva: a Damaru (drum), a dagger, a trident and a skull-mace (khatvanga). She has a belt of skulls around her waist and the dog, her vehicle, at her feet. The Surya Sun symbol is at the top of her right side and Chandra the moon symbol on the left.
Goddess Kali wears her Crown and has her tongue outstretched. The outstretched tongue of Kali distinguishes her from all other gods and goddesses of the Hindu pantheon.
The amulet has been strung on a new black Indian traditional handmade adjustable cotton thread cord with a slip bead. It has been silver tested for high grade silver. This is an original antique worn collection piece in good condition.
I have not cleaned the amulet - but will polish up beautifully.
Height: 9cm (3 1/2") including Bale
Width: 6 cm (2 3/8")
Bale: 10 mm (1/2")
Weight: 43.6 Grams (1.53 oz)
Cord Length: 71 cm (28”)
Material: Tested silver high grade 92.5% approx.