Gowrishankaram is a necklace of rudraksha seeds with a gold repoussé pendant with an amulet box suspended below, worn only by men of the Chettiar community and by Shaivaites priests. The central unit depicts Shiva and Parvati on the bull Nandi, flanked by Ganesh and Kartikeya, the box is a container for the twin-seed rudraksha. Kartikeya riding the peacock is depicted on the clasp.
Tamil Nadu, India
Early XX Century
Pendant H cm 20,5
“Traditional jewelry of India”, Untracht, Oppi, Harry N. Abrams. Inc publishers