Kali, also known as Kalika, is a Hindu goddess. Kali's earliest appearance is that of a destroyer of evil forces. Over time, she has been worshipped by devotional movements and Tantric sects variously as the Divine Mother, Mother of the Universe, Adi Shakti. Some Shakta Hindu and Tantric sects, particularly ones who follow the Kalikula system, additionally worship her as the ultimate reality or Brahman. She is also seen as a divine protector and the one who bestows moksha, or liberation. Kali is one of the ten Mahavidyas, a group of Tantric goddesses. Kali is often portrayed standing or dancing on her consort, the Hindu god Shiva, who lies calm and prostrate beneath her. Kali is worshipped by Hindus throughout India.
Reddish material is a remnant of the tilak material ceremoniously applied to the forehead and amulet using ash from a sacrificial fire, sandalwood paste, turmeric, cow dung, clay, charcoal, or red lead.
3.2 grams antique sterling silver
35mm tall x 31mm wide
Rajasthan antique tribal amulet c. 1910
die-stamped with no silver backing
tilak material still present on the amulet
only one available
large, and light weight
top bail; bottom ball
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