A brass figure of Nandi, India, Himachal Pradesh, circa 16th century

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A brass figure of Nandi

India, Himachal Pradesh, circa 16th century

Cast reclining on a rectangular platform with one foreleg lifted and wearing beaded jewellery and a cowbell.

H. 8 cm.


Nandi is the sacred bull calf, gatekeeper, and vahana of the Hindu god Shiva. Sculptures of Nandi are a common sight at Hindu temples dedicated to his master and he is partly responsible for the Hindu reverence for living bulls even today, especially in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

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