Antique Vishnu Pendant, Enamel Vaishnava Mark (Tilaka), Silver, 45cm (18″) Mixed Metal Chain
RARE: A beautiful Vishnu Symbols Amulet - most probably used as a Tikka or forehead ornament center piece.
This is a VERY small (width: 2 cm (3/4"), traditional silver (was originally gilded) Vishnu Pendant with Symbols.
Viá¹£hnu is one of the most significant deities in Hinduism. He is the Supreme God Svayam Bhagavan of Vaishnavism (one of the principal denominations of Hinduism). He he is conceived as "the Preserver or the Protector".
The center has a beautifully enamelled Tilak - Vishnu's vertical sectarian mark (vadagali), two vertical outer white stripes and a central red one. The tilak (Sanskrit tilaka, "mark") is a mark worn on the forehead or between the brows and other parts of the body for spiritual reasons.
On either side of the Tilak is the Panchajanya shankha (conch shell ) and the discus weapon (quoit) considered to be the most powerful weapon according to Hindu Religion Sudarshana Chakra.
The pendant has emerald, ruby and diamond colored stones. I do not know if they are genuine stones - but they all have beautiful prong settings with the little metal claws gripping the stones tightly. There is very fine decorative silver wire beading as well.
This pendant was originally gold washed over the high grade silver - and there is still residue in some places.
The pendant has been strung on an 45 cm (18") fine but sturdy mixed metal alloy chain with a spring ring clasp for closing.
Width: 2 cm (3/4")
Height: 2 cm (3/4")
Mixed Metal Alloy Chain: 45 cm (18")
Weight: 4 Grams (0.14 oz.)
Pendant Material: Tested High Grade Silver