Seven images of Ganesh, the happy rotund god revered by Hindus, Buddhists and Janists, are embossed on the seven sterling silver plates that form this early 20th century necklace. The necklace originated in the north Indian state of Rajasthan, and has a silver content of 92.5 percent and a weight of 85 grams. Fashioned in a clever manner that gives the necklace the necessary flexibility to fit comfortably below the neck, the five-sided silver plates are strung top and bottom with hidden leather cords that run through tubes on the back of each plate (see photo enlargement #3 ). Triangular pieces flank the outer pentagon plates and are attached to a silver chain. Three small silver balls dangle from the bottom of each plate, giving movement to the necklace. On the chain, 14 tiny lotus shapes are affixed to the links for added interest. Ganesh, or Ganesha as the god often is called, is depicted with four arms and his traditional attributes—a dish of sweets, a lasso and a mouse. The contours of Ganesh’s round body and elephant trunk resemble the shape of both the Sanskrit and Tamil calligraphy characters for the holy sound of “OHM,” which is one explanation for the fanciful image. Beloved throughout Southeast Asia, Ganesh embodies the pleasant concept that earthly delights need not be obstacles to profound spiritual insight. As the god of wisdom, purveyor of luck and clearer of obstacles, Ganesh is called upon prior to travel and major ventures, especially business dealings. He also is venerated as the protector of books, knowledge and education. This necklace is in excellent condition and shows just slight wear to the face of the center Ganesha (see photo enlargement #4). The length of the necklace is 15” (38 cm). Dimensions of each pentagon: height, including beads, 2” (5 cm), width 1 ¼” (3 cm).