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Jewellery die

Jewellery die

  • Place of origin:

    India (made)

  • Date:

    1900-1993 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cast brass

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This die was used to make sheet-metal amulets. A thin sheet of metal, such as silver, would have been struck against the die to take its shape. The metal plaque amulet thus produced would have been worn suspended from the neck on a cord or chain.

The subject is the Hindu god Hanuman. He is shown flying through the air to carry back medicinal herbs from the Himalayas to heal the wounded after a battle in an episode from the Ramayana epic. In the original story, however, he carries back the whole mountain top. The cusped arch suggests the form of a shrine or temple.

Physical description

Cast brass jewellery die, with image of Hanuman flying

Place of Origin

India (made)


1900-1993 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Cast brass


Height: 4.7 cm, Width: 3.7. cm, Depth: 0.3 cm

Object history note

Collected in India as from Maharashtra in 1992.

Descriptive line

Jewellery die, cast brass, 20th century, Maharashtra..

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

PIACENTI, Kirsten Aschengreen, Susan Stronge, Cristina Del Mare, Rita Sharma et al.,
Gioielli dall’India dai Moghul al Novecento, La Rinascente, Milan, 1996, p.80

pp.70-71, pl. 3.28 third row centre right.
Barnard, Nick, Indian Jewellery: The V&A Collection London: V&A Publishing, 2008 Number: ISBN 9781851774838
p.154, cat. no. 137
Swallow, D., Stronge, S., Crill, R., Koezuka, T., editor and translator, "The Art of the Indian Courts. Miniature Painting and Decorative Arts", Victoria & Albert Museum and NHK Kinki Media Plan, 1993.






Amulets; Hinduism; Jewellery; Metalwork


South & South East Asia Collection

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