Antique Indian Amulet, Shri Nath-ji’s Sacred Footprint, Double Sided

Antique Indian Amulet, Shri Nath-ji’s Sacred Footprint, Double Sided


This is a Mughal Era high grade silver amulet pendant of the side-by-side footprints of a standing deity, generally termed sripada (divine footprints) and worn by a Shri Nath-ji devotee, especially in northern India.

The (charan or Padaka) amulet of the footprints is a form of the deity of Krishna who is worshiped in the Shri Nath-ji Temple at Nathadwara by the Vallabhacharya sect.

The soles of the feet of deities are believed to bear auspicious symbols, which differ according to the deity.

On this amulet Shri Nath-ji's left foot indicates the Half moon, Triangle and Lotus. The right foot, Sun, Sky and Elephant-goad.

The side-by-side footprints are surrounded by five peacocks.

This polychrome enamelled pendant is very vibrant in colour and mainly in tact except for a few chipped pieces on the corners and border around the back of the pendant. Beautiful detailed bales, with loss of enamel, and a lovely enamelled glass bead in the typical colours that come from the workshops in Jaipur, Rajasthan, in the 19th century. Jaipur was, and still is, famous for its translucent enamels of extremely high quality.

The underneath background has been expertly engraved with fine lines to catch the light so that for an example - with the feet the lines swirl around the symbols, and with movement the enamelled amulet has a fluorescent effect - Just stunning.

On the reverse side of the pendant is the name: "Shri Nath-ji" in Devanagari characters.

The amulet has been hung on a new black Indian traditional handmade cotton thread cord with a looped end.

This is an original old worn collection piece in good condition.

Height: 5.5 cm ( 2 1/4") not including the bead
Width: 6 cm (2 1/2”)
Bale: 4mm (1/4")
Weight: 25.85 Grams (0.912 oz.)
Cord Length: 46"cm (18”)
Material: High Grade Silver

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