- Metal: Silver
- Length: 2 1/4"
- Width: 1 1/2"
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 is an antique silver amulet from India adorned with the image of Shiva, the creator and destroyer (who also represents regeneration). The third deity of the Hindu triad of great gods, he is often depicted with several arms and three eyes. He carries a trident and rides a white bull.