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Hindu Pilgrim’s Silver Amulet Pendant

India, probably Rajasthan
early 20th century

diemsion of amulet: 6.3cm x 7cm, weight: 77g

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UK art market

This beautiful and wearable amulet pendant suspended on what is probably an original multi-strand, black yarn necklace, is from India, most probably Rajasthan and dates to the early 20th century of before.

The amulet box is encased in sheet silver that has been chased on the front with parrot, flower and other motifs. Four eyelets at the top allow for suspension.  Multiple silver spherical dangles are suspended from the sides and the lower edge.

The front of the amulet has a hand-painted deity framed by the silver and beneath a thin sheet of glass.

The reverse of the amulet is enclosed with plain sheet silver.

Such an amulet most probably was acquired from the environs of a temple by a pilgrim and worn thereafter as a keepsake.

The piece has splendid patina; its contours have been worn smooth by wear, age and handling. Other than wear, the amulet is in fine condition.

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