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18c Indian bronze ritual SKIN STAMP SATKONA HEXAGRAM

18c Indian bronze ritual SKIN STAMP SATKONA HEXAGRAM


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Indian Subcontinent: India: Pre 1800: Item # 1465907
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18th century Indian bronze chhappa (a tantric ritual stamp), its base leaving an imprint of satkona yantra surrounded by sun rays. 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. Finial-shaped top, perforation in the middle for hanging, beautiful warm patina from age and use. Diameter 1 1/8 inches.