PENDANT OF TAVIZ (AMULET) TYPE, SOUTH INDIA, 20TH CENTURY, SILVER, 30 X 70 MM. AUTHOR’S COLLECTION. PHOTO: RICHARD GATES PHOTOGRAPHY – TAASA Review June 2022
for the insertion of amulets such as small lingam, are known as taviz from the Arabic ta’widh, ‘charm’ (Keene 2001: 157).
The taviz illustrated has a screw fitting to allow removal of the end section and the insertion of an apotropaic scroll or object.
The corresponding female symbol, the yoni, appears in the heart shapes of silver and gold pendants with designs of sun and moon, mangoes and flowers, representing the life force and fertility, or with peacocks representing beauty...