- Metal: Silver
- Length: 1 1/8"
- Width: 3/4"
The antique silver amulet, or patri, is anchored in an ancient Indian tradition of village and tribal art. This is rural art that has given a voice to women, to the tribe, and to the lowest caste villager. The icons are about connection with nature as well as connection with the vital energy of creation. Traditionally, amulets have been objects that were thought to bestow the owner with the properties, powers and protection of the deities that they represented.
This antique amulet from India is adorned with the image of a deified Bhumiya Raj hero, a chieftain who died in defense of his property, including villages and their inhabitants. The deified spirits of these local heroes protect their community nightly by riding a horse around the village to dispel enemies or evil agents.