Central Asia, India, ca. 19th century CE. A cast bronze statue of Nandi, the vahana of the god Shiva. He is depicted here seated on a low stand, with a necklace that appears to be a garland of flowers; small offerings have been cast at the bull's feet. The vahana, meaning in Sanskrit "that which carries/that which pulls," is an animal who a particular Hindu deity uses as a mount or vehicle. The relationship between the god and mount is a sacred one, celebrated in iconography and mythology. The worship of Nandi and Shiva is ancient, and can be traced as far back as the Indus Valley Civilization. Size: 1" L x 1.4" W x 1.25" H (2.5 cm x 3.6 cm x 3.2 cm)
Provenance: private Maui, Hawaii, USA collection
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