Antique Indian Amulet, Silver Duo Goddess Devi, Rajasthan,13 Grams
This is an 19th century or early 20th century sterling silver die-stamped amulet pendant worn by the tribal people of Rajasthan, northern India.
The amulet pendant is in the shape of a slightly oval form (mandala). The circular (oval) forms repel evil spirits who dare not enter them.
The amulet has a sturdy bale with a round unit and a modern jump ring attached.
This amulet pendant is of a folk image of Goddess Devi or Hoi Mata enclosed within the shape of a rectangle form, which symbolizes a house plan and family unity.
Hoi Mata is one of the many mother Goddess forms worshiped throughout India, presiding over the well being of the family.
She is very often identified as a form of Shakti and is worshipped during Hoi Ashtami festival.
Hoi Mata images can be found in villages and cities of Rajasthan, Punjab, Harayna and Utta Pradesh.
The mud walls of rural homes are painted on festivals, and for worshipping Hoi or Ahoi, the goddess whose blessings are invoked for the well-being and protection of children by their mothers. Hoi is also worshipped as Sanjhi in eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and Himachal Pradesh.
The amulet has been tested for high grade silver. It has been strung on a traditional black Indian cotton cord with a loop for closing.
Width: 5.5 cm (2 1/4")
Height: 5.5 cm (2 1/4") including bale.
Weight: 13.1 Grams (o.465 oz.)
Cotton Cord: 46 cm (18")