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An Uttar Pradesh bronze Tantric armlet

Circa 16th century
Bronze
7.5 cm x 8 cm
Provenance: From a French private collection

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This rare bracelet is decorated in the centre with a seated deity, most probably Shiva, flanked by six symbols, Shivalingam on Yoni, the footprints of Shiva, two Tantric deities, Ganesh and the Turtle.

This type of Tantric bracelet was worn by Brahmans near their shoulders and said to have some healing and protective power.

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