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    An Indian Puja Sculpture of Shiva's Bull, Nandi

    Unknown maker, Indian
    Circa 1895
    Carved and painted wood, colored and mirrored glass, and wrought-iron
    Unmarked
    62 inches (157.5 cm)




    Depicting the mount (vahanas) of Shiva, male deity of destroyer and transformer, named Nandi, the three-quarter-life-size figure of a caparisoned striding hump-backed bull faces left, his head with curved black horns, glass eyes and protruding tongue, his loose-skinned neck laden with wreaths of carved and painted beads, bells, and roses and collar of applied glass decoration, his legs adorned with golden bracelets, the whole enhanced with polychrome and glass decorations; the flat surface on the lion's back receives and holds offerings, the turned and painted shaft beneath the bull for extra support.

    The act of showing reverence and asking for a specific blessing, known as Puja in the Indian Hindu tradition, often entails a symbolic figure of an animal associated with a deity, and not a direct image of the deity. The Puja icon serves as an intermediary access to the divine. The artistic merit of the Puja icon visually represents the cosmic energy of the related deity, and is therefore of great spiritual significance.

    Small-scale Puja icons are often in temples and homes, but larger figures are often placed in outdoor public spaces.

    Provenance:
    Spink & Son, 1980
    Previously located at the Menswear Mart, Dallas, until 2004.






    Condition Report*: Normal signs of wear as appropriate to an outdoor shrine: loss of several separately carved elements, including tip of tail and testicles, chips, cracks and splits to wooden form, numerous losses to paint surface and to applied glass decorations; iron oxidized.
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    October, 2007
    13th Saturday
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