Inventory no.: 509

509. Silver Nandi, Hindu India

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Finely Cast Silver Nandi

South India

19th century

length: 6cm, height: 5.5cm, weight: 192g

This exceptionally well cast image of Nandi, the vahana of Shiva is made of cast and chased silver. Exquisite detailing includes numerous processional ornaments and realistic facial features. The image is seated on a rectangular platform etched with a border of petal motifs.

Nandi images often are placed at the entrance of Shiva temples. They have long been associated with fertility, illustrated by the custom of worshippers touching such image’s testicles as they file past as they enter the temple, particularly if they wish to expand their family. This image appears designed to promote fertility – it has prominent testicles.

Inventory no.: 509

SOLD