Roar of the Tiger: Raj Claw Pendant
The mysteries and intrigue that have enrobed the sub-continent of India goes far beyond multi-limbed deities and human/animal gods. At one time the wild tribes of the British Isles, especially the groups from England, made foray after foray into the tranquil land with an impact on the culture that still reverberates to this day.
In response, the indigene incorporated their traditions into artifacts which appealed to the British aesthetic. Teeth and claws from the Royal Bengal tiger were made into jewelry ranging from fobs for gentlemen to earrings for the ladies. This cultural revolution lasted for multiples of decades far into the early 20th century.
This particular example reflects the amuletic qualities held for the tiger. A natural tiger claw has been transformed into a talisman of strength and power in the form of a pendant simply wrapped with a cap, tip cum orb, edge and band of warm rose gold of 9k. Grrrr.
Measurements: 1 inch (2.4 cm) in length not including top "O" fitting and 1- 1/8 inches with (2.7 cm).
Condition: Good; top has a bit of slight indentation; back has a small repair on the bottom band.
Date: Circa 1920 and is British Raj or Indian in origin.