18th century Indian bronze chhappa (a tantric ritual stamp), its base leaving an imprint of several sacred objects including footprints and conch shell. 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, beautiful warm patina from age and use, loss to the upper part. Length 1 5/8 inches.