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Indian Sri Yantri Tantric Plaque

Rajasthan, India
18th-19th century

diameter: 7.5cm, weight: 36g

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Provenance

UK art market

This slightly domed plaque cast in copper is decorated with a shri or sri yantra (also known as the sri cakra) – a visual representation of the goddess Devi – and was intended fur use in ritual worship (puja).

The sri yantra comprises a triangle within a six-pointed star within two concentric open lotus flowers, the petals of which are infilled with script.

The edges are crenulated, following the pattern of the petals.

The centre of the sri yantra is marked by what is meant to be an infinitesimal nucleus, the bindu.

The plaque has a dark colour and patina.

References

Aryan, S., Unknown Masterpieces of Indian Folk and Tribal Art, KC Aryan’s Home of Folk Art, 2005.

Menzies, J., Goddess Divine Energy, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2007.

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