Copper Plate with Icon of Hanuman
A massive protective copper amulet with an icon of “Seven Faced” Hanuman (Saptamukhtihanuman). The text (source unidentified) describes the icon in great detail, discussing Hanuman’s birth and his mythological exploits, focussing on his ability to destroy enemies. The copper plate was clearly intended as an apotropaic power object or as a magical aid against a powerful enemy. In his left hand Hanuman holds: a banner, a mountain with curative herbs, a dish, a lotus, a water pot and a rosary (top to bottom). And in the right hand, from top to bottom he holds: a mace, a sword, a chopper, a trident, an elephant goad, a cobra and a deer-head. In addition there are several magical squares (probably signifying the four directions) and yantras at top and bottom. A brief rite of worship (puju) is described.