This is a fine pendant plaque cast in brass with a large central figure of Hanuman, the celestial monkey army chief and follower of Lord Rama mounted on a vibrant flame orange raw silk inside a gold finish circular frame.
The plaque recalls an episode from the Indian epic Ramayana when Hanuman flew through the air to bring flesh-healing, medicinal herbs (Sanjivani Buti) to the wounded Rama and his army. (The leafy herbs can be seen in Hanuman’s left hand and rising from his waist.) The small figure below Hanuman’s feet is the demon about to be trampled.
Often worn as amulets because of their protective properties, this large medallion-like pectoral plaque was normally worn by ascetic devotees of Hanuman in Maharashtra, Western India.
The outer frame of the brass plaque serves as a circular mandala and represents stylised flames (prabhavala). At the top of the plaque is a hooded cobra which hovers over Hanuman’s image to protect it. Hanuman is associated with Vishnu and so to either side of Hanuman are a small conch (shankha) and a small discus (chakra), these being symbols of Hanuman.
Measures: Outer round wooden frame - Diameter 26 cm
The brass plaque measures: Height 13 cm with the Naag and 11 cm Wide.
Weight of frame and plaque: 500 Grams