Antique Indian Amulet, LARGE, Bheru Bhairava Form of Shiva
This is a antique, high grade silver amulet pendant worn by the tribal people of Gujarat or Rajasthan in 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 two sturdy bales with finals and floral decorative units added.
It has a silver border added and a decorative terminal point at the bottom.
The subject of the amulet is in the two armed Bheru or Bhairava form of Shiva in his fearful aspect travelling with his dog. The deity is widely worshipped by Bhil tribals, one of the largest tribal communities in India.
As there are 8 form of Bhairava - and I am not certain which one this is - but because Bhairava is wearing a crown of skulls, and he has a broad face with bulging eyes and closed mouth that it maybe the fierce Bhairava.
Shiva, especially in his Bhairava form has a drum, trishula or (trident) sword, a daggar. and holding a severed head. The sun symbol of Surya, is above his right side of the head and the Chandra the moon on the other side.
The amulet has been strung on a new black Indian traditional handmade cotton thread cord with a slip bead for adjustment of length. It has been silver tested for high grade silver.
The amulet is heavily tarnished from old age but will polish up beautifully.
This is an original antique worn collection piece in good condition.
Amulet Height: 12.7 cm (5")
Width: 9 cm (3 1/2")
Bale: 1cm (1/2")
Necklace Weight: 67 Grams (2.37 oz.)
Cord Length: 76 cm (30") Adjustable
Amulet: High Grade Silver
PRICE: USD $595.00
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