18th century Indian bronze chhappa (a tantric ritual stamp), its base leaving an imprint of a sacred script related to a deity, usually Vishnu or Shiva. The chhappas were used during tantric temple ceremonies to stamp 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. Finial-shaped top, perforation in the middle for hanging, loss to two corners, beautiful warm patina from age and use. Size 3/4 inches square.