Antique Indian Amulet, Vishnu’s Sacred Footprints
This is a mid 20th century high grade silver amulet pendant of the side-by-side footprints of a standing deity, generally termed sripada (divine footprints) and worn by a wide Hindu audience, especially in northern India.
The sacred footprints is depicted within the shape of a yoni - the origin of life, or leaf of the sacred fig tree with the bottom pointing ovule.
The Tree of Life is through the centre of the sacred footprints. To the Muslims the motif represents everlasting life: to the Hindus the tree supports the Universe and preserves life.
The amulet has been very finely die-stamped with two bales and silver border added. The amulet has been silver tested for high grade silver 92.5% approx.
The subject of the amulet is Vishnu's footprints (Vishnupadaka) with a cusped arch, with the Tree of Life. A sacred, powerful charm, it is believed to offer the wearer protection against all calamities.
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: 5.2cm ( 2")
Width: 4 cm (1 5/8”)
Bale: 5mm (1/4")
Weight: 11.66 Grams (0.412 oz.)
Cord Length: 46"cm (18”)
Material: High Grade Silver