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Amulet of Bhairava

1931/1970

Sanskriti Museums

Sanskriti Museums

This dye-cast silver amulet is worn in the neck by the priests and devotees of Bhairava. In his iconography, the deity is shown having four arms carrying weapons. Below his legs is his dog, the typical iconographic mark of Bhairava.
Silver plaque amulets of this variety are cast from a dye. A silver plaque of the size of the dye is placed over a dye which has the negative image of the deity. Between the plaque and the dye shellack granules are placed. The silversmith hammers the plaque till when the depiction on the dye gets embossed onto the plaque.

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Details

  • Title: Amulet of Bhairava
  • Date Created: 1931/1970
  • Location: Rajasthan
  • Physical Dimensions: L 7.5 cm x B 5.5 cm
  • Rights: Text © Sanskriti Museum of Everyday Art/ Jyotindra Jain
  • Medium: Silver
  • Period: Mid 20th Century

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