Antique Silver Indian Lakshmi Amulet Box

This is an absolutely gorgeous large amulet box from Rajasthan featuring the image of the Deity Lakshmi (Laxmi). Laxmi is the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity. Representations of Lakshmi are also found in Buddhist and Jain monuments, with the earliest archeological representation found in Buddhist monuments. The image of Lakshmi was placed in this large amulet box and is referred to as a chhedi ka jantan, or picture amulet box. The silver work is beautifully rendered in a central Rajput style with the cusped arch through which we see Lakshmi with her four arms, seated on the sacred lotus, the sign of purity and spiritual power. The amulet box has been adorned with a fringe of hollow silver balls and hung from a traditional Indian woven chain. A similar piece can be seen in the book Traditional Jewelry of India by Oppi Untracht. This is an absolute treasure!

Measurements: Amulet is approx. 3" long x 3" wide including the fringe. Box is approx. 2 1/4" wide x 2" long

Chain is 17" long



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