Essentially in the tradition of amulet jewellery seeking its mystic power in a wide range of objects but the utmost in a divine image with the beauty of an ornament combined, this bracelet, with most accomplished technique and level of finish, image-quality and sophistication arrived at, has transformed into an ornament for a ramp-walker’s arm. A bold damsel’s choice this ornament of the wrist would dominate any gathering or occasion by its exoticism and exclusiveness. Otherwise a simple silver piece, though each part being technically most accomplished and finished, with divine image incorporated as its part, or rather its spirit, this bracelet acquires also Talismanic or magical powers. The ornament is an example also of the ethnic kind of jewellery the contemporary global fashion trends are seen looking for. India’s traditional amulet jewellery, necklaces, armlets and bracelets among others, in use since at least Indus days, has most appropriately responded to such global fashion needs. However indifferent to traditional beliefs, the contemporary mind more often looks for things that strengthen its confidence and are protective.
This bracelet, the length not extendable beyond two centimeters, consists of seven units, besides the connecting hook and loop-rings. The principal unit in the centre – the largest, conceived conically with the apex designed with corbels, and sides, with columns, acquires the form of a shrine that the two armed Kali carrying a trident in the right, and a decapitated head, in the left, enshrines. A folk vision, one her right above there is an icon of the moon, and on the left, a parrot; on both sides of her feet are ‘ghatas’ – the pot-motifs. The subordinate roundels flanking the centre have images of seated yogis performing penance. The two units, beyond these flanking two, the larger ones, have been incised with two other images of the goddess, and the last ones on the two ends, have been conceived with the traditional pairs of auspicious peacocks. Quite significantly, scattered all-over, single or in pairs, are the motifs of foot, obviously the ‘Vishnu-pada’ – Lord Vishnu’s holy feet that assure movement, progress and life.
This description by Prof. P.C. Jain and Dr. Daljeet. Prof. Jain specializes on the aesthetics of literature and is the author of numerous books on Indian art and culture. Dr. Daljeet is the curator of the Miniature Painting Gallery, National Museum, New Delhi. They have both collaborated together on a number of books. .