Enquiry about object: 6346
Hindu Pilgrim’s Silver Ganesh Amulet Pendant (Chhedi ka Jantar)
Rajasthan, India 19th century
dimensions (excluding the spherical dangles): 6.5cm x 6.7cm, weight: 94g
UK art market
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This fine and wearable amulet pendant of high-grade silver is from Rajasthan and dates to the 19th century.
It encloses a hand-painted image of Ganesh and two female attendants framed by the silver in a Rajput-style cusped arch, and beneath a thin sheet of glass.
The amulet box is of silver that has been chased on the front with parrots and leafy motifs.
Four eyelets at the top allow for suspension. Multiple silver spherical bells dangle from the sides and the lower edge.
Such an amulet most probably was acquired from the environs of a temple by a pilgrim and worn thereafter as a keepsake.
A related example is illustrated in Untracht (1997, p. 131).
Artists across Rajasthan produced miniature paintings from the 18th to the early 20th centuries, for pilgrims to temples. Many such paintings were incorporated into silver jewellery to provide adherents with a protective talisman that they could wear.
The piece has splendid patina; its contours have been worn smooth by wear, age and handling. Other than wear and some probable loss to the silver columns over the painting, the amulet is in fine condition. It is very wearable.
Bowers, J., ‘Talisman Garlands: Painted mala from Rajastan’, in TAASA Review, Volume 30, no. 3, September 2021.
Untracht, O., Traditional Jewelry of India, Thames & Hudson, 1997.