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Forehead Pendant with Sun God Surya in a Chariot with Attendants

Forehead Pendant with Sun God Surya in a Chariot with Attendants

1600s or 1700s

Gold set with jewels and semi-precious stones

Overall: 8 x 4.6 cm (3 1/8 x 1 13/16 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Wade 1915.337

Fun Fact

The golden figure below the Sun God is the Dawn, driving the five-horse chariot across the sky.

Description

This pendant was made to hang on a sculpture of a deity under worship in a Nepalese temple. The image of the Sun God, venerated by both Buddhists and Hindus, is carved in translucent golden stones set into a framework of gold wire.He holds two lotuses with emeralds in the center.

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