Rare 'Sapta Matrikas' (Seven Mothers) amulet/prayer box
Price for clients in the US: USD 80. Please see the shipping and payment details at the end of this product description.
A rather unique amulet/prayer box, stamped with a classic five-sided pentagon form, symbolizing a temple (mandir), housing 'Sapta Matrikas' (Seven Mothers) and a Guardian. 'Sapta Matrikas' refers to a group of seven Hindu goddesses- Brahmani, Vaishnavi, Maheshvari, Indrani, Kaumari, Varahi, Chamunda or Narasimhi- who are always depicted together (hence this moniker). They are described as assisting the great Shakta Devi (goddess) in her fight with demons and therefore a 'Sapta Matrika' amulet is considered a sacred, powerful charm.
Amulets such as this one are custom made, consecrated and then given to the wearer for protection or cure. While we'll never know the story of where, when and for who this was made, if you are the curious sort, you can always pry it open to see if there is something inside! Comes ready to wear strung on a thin red waxed cotton cord.
Composition: Sterling silver.
Stamped: No visible markings.
Measurements: 2.9 cms by 2.56 cms (not including the loop/bale)
Weight: 8 gms
Country of origin: India
Please note: (1) All the jewellery in this collection is vintage, and thus neither new nor in mint condition. Wear, dents, scratches, oxidation etc. are in keeping with the age of the jewellery.
(2) All the jewellery has been gently cleaned to remove surface dirt and oils but not the patina- which in our view adds immensely to the appeal of vintage pieces. While in great condition (none of the jewellery is broken/chipped/in need of repair), all were previously owned by someone else, and while not perfect each is full of old history and charm. Please use accompanying photographs to make your decision and be sure to ask any questions you may have before purchase.
(3) It is also worth reminding that since the jewellery is shot in close-up mode, the pieces may look bigger than actual size. Conversely, some large pieces may look smaller in pictures. Always refer to the mentioned dimensions.
Shipping and payment details for clients in the US: A flat fee of $10 per packet will be charged for shipping within the continental USA. These pieces will be shipped from our California studio. Ignore any other shipping charges that may show up at the time of checkout. Select "PayPal" as the payment mode and place the order. You will receive a mail from us with the total amount to be paid and the mail id for PayPal payment. You can choose any other way to pay as well, in case you don't use PayPal. Please do NOT add any other item apart from those in this collection to your cart. For all other purchases (from other collections) for delivery in the USA from our US office, you need to place an order on our US website.