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pendant amulet

pendant amulet

  • Place of origin:

    Himachal Pradesh (made)

  • Date:

    20th century (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, enamel, die-stamping,

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr W. Ganguly

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Scalloped-edged, arrow-shaped silver amulet die-stamped with a design of Vishnu's feet set in a square and enamelled in blue and green with a border in yellow. This particular arrowhead form is a shape that Untracht (1997) describes as a Mughal development from ancient prototypes, all with apotropaic capacities.

Place of Origin

Himachal Pradesh (made)


20th century (made)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, enamel, die-stamping,


Height: 3.5 cm, Width: 3 cm

Object history note

This pendant is part of the large donation of Indian folk jewellery from Dr Waltraud Ganguly which was collected over the last few decades before her death in 2015 from dealers in both India and Europe, in parallel with extensive fieldwork she carried out in the Indian Sub-Continent.

Descriptive line

Silver amulet with enamelled decoration of 'Vishnupada'.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Traditional jewelry of India / Oppi Untracht. London: Thames and Hudson Limited London, 1997 Number: 0500017808




South & South East Asia Collection

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