Ladakh Pendant, Drokpa or Brokpa Tribe Amulet, Ladakhi Amulet, Cast Gilt Bronze, RARE: 112 Grams
RARE: Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir State, India c. early to 1940's amulet.
This is a very rare large slighty convex amulet, cast gilt bronze. This is a distinctiverly Dropka, Brokpa, Ladakh amulet worn to ward off evil spirits.
The jewellery of the Drokpas do not allow any new or old ornaments to be sold outside the community.
Dah, or Dha, and Hanu are two villages of the Brokpa of the Leh District of Ladakh in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir. They are the only two villages that tourists are allowed to visit out of a number of Brokpa villages.
Drokpa (or Brokpa) community is considered as the last race of Aryans, confined to the Dha valley. Their features are pure Indo Aryan and they have preserved their racial purity down the centuries. Around 2,500 Drokpas live in three small villages in a disputed territory between India and Pakistan. The only fertile valley of Ladakh. The Drokpas are completely different– physically, culturally, linguistically and socially – from the Tibeto-Burman inhabitants of most of Ladakh.
The Dard people of Dah Hanu are nominally Buddhist but also worship their own animist pantheon of gods. They have an Indo-European appearance in contrast to the predominant Tibeto-Mongol inhabitants of most of Ladakh. There are smaller populations in Ladakh in India.
Their culture and religious practices are very similar to ancient pre- Buddhist religion known as Bon-Chos. Both the men and women folk adorn headgears made with handpicked fresh flowers, every single day.
Width: 11 cm (4 1/4″),
Height: 12.5 cm (5″)
Weight: 112 Grams, (3.950oz.)
Material: Gilt Bronze