18th Century Indian Tantric Ritual Stamp // Shatkona Yantra
A rare 18th century Indian bronze chhappa (tantric ritual stamp). Used on skin, the base would leave an imprint of Shatkona Yantra" surrounded by sun rays. With a finial-shaped mount, the suspension loop lost in antiquity. Lovely patina with earthen highlights.
Satkona is a hexagram used in mandalas and symbolizing the perfect meditative state of balance between Man and God, and if maintained, results in moksha /nirvana - a release from the bounds of the earthly world and its material trappings. It also represents the union of the male (triangle facing up) and female (triangle down) forms. The stamps were used during tantric temple ceremonies to mark the proscribed parts of the body such as the forehead, cheeks, shoulders, forearms and stomach with a paste of white (for Vaishnavites) or red (for Shaivites) sandalwood. The marks on the body provide a visual display of the adherent’s devotion and transfer the beneficence of the deity to the wearer.
1.1875"L x 1.1875"W x 0.875"H
— Ex D. Levit collection, Cambridge, Mass
— Weight: 0.7oz
Accompanied by a hand-signed certificate of authenticity which includes all the details, culture, dating, motifs/inscriptions when applicable, historical relevance, and provenance.
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