Indian and Himalayan Art
AmuletMade in Nathdwara, Mewar, Rajasthan, India, Asia
Artist/maker unknown, India
Gold with enamel decoration
1925-27-423Gift of Lydia Thompson Morris, 1925
LabelThis leaf‑shaped, scalloped pendant has two rings at top and one at the base, allowing it to be worn around the neck, or tied to the arm. Both sides are enameled. This side depicts Vishnupada, or Vishnu’s feet. On the reverse, inside a floral and bird border, the name of the deity Shrinathji (a form of Krishna) is inscribed in Devanagari (the script used for Sanskrit, the ancient holy language, as well as Hindi, the spoken language of this region). Nathdwara, the main pilgrimage center of Shrinathji worship, developed a strong industry of artists creating mementoes for pilgrims to the site.
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