Vintage Sterling Silver Garuda Naga Pendant with Moonstone, Ethnic Tribal Hindu Snake Bird Jewelry

$239.00

This rare vintage sterling silver pendant features a snake body curled into an almost yin and yang shape, with a head that resembles Garuda, the Hindu bird creature that represents birth and heaven and is the enemy of all snakes, yet the body is the snake, or Naga. The creature represented in this pendant has a curled tongue, bulging eyes, a nose-like beak, and feathers on the side of its head--with a snake's body. From a website about the meaning of opposites Garuda and Naga: "In Asian stories, the giant, birdlike Garuda constantly attacks snakelike Nagas. But this is no simple tale of good versus evil. The duo are identified with many pairs of opposites, including light and dark, the Sun and Moon, upper and lower, air and water. Garuda is part of daily life in Asia. In addition to being evoked in worship, theater, art, and story, Garuda is the national symbol of Thailand and Indonesia. The snakelike Nagas are not figures of evil like the serpent of Christian stories. Although some stories describe Nagas as Garuda's enemies, whom he perpetually punishes, Nagas are also worshiped in their own right. In Cambodia, for instance, the Naga is revered as the ancestor of the Cambodian people and protector of the Buddha. In Buddhist societies, Nagas are sometimes thought of as local deities that became part of Buddhism, retaining their powers to assist people. In South India, for example, Nagas can bring fertility, and women seek their aid in having children." And so here we have opposites, co-existing as one. And isn't that what yin and yang are all about? The pendant has an oval moonstone in bezel on the head of the creature, and on the bottom is a mark in a different language, which I've not been able to decipher. This tests positive for sterling silver using the JSP acid test. We believe this is circa 1960s but it could be older.

The pendant measures 1-3/16" wide by 1-7/8" tall, and weighs 9g. Again, there are two small dents in the gold-tone part atop the creature's head; otherwise in good vintage condition.

The wholeness of life.

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