Asian Tribal Art - Nandi, India

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Nandi figure
Bronze alloy
3.5″ (9 cm) high by 2.75″ (7 cm) by 2 1/8" (5.3 cm)
19th century

The Nandi (bull) was the sacred vehicle of Hindu god Shiva, and is typically seen in small bronzes such as this, wearing a saddle, a beaded necklace with a bell and a lingham in front,which is guarded by his left foot. He reclines on a plinth, Badhrapeetam, and shows much wear from being repeatedly touched, likely being part of a home shrine.


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