8919

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    Indian Bronze Group of Khandoba Mounted on a Horse

    Western Deccan, probably Maharashtra, India
    18th-19th century

    height: 10.2cm, length: 9.7cm, depth: 5.5cm, weight: 395g

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    Provenance

    private collection, UK

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    This cast brass group features a principle image of Khandoba astride a well-decorated horse and wielding a trident.

    It is mounted on a rectangular base that has four feet. Khandoba is accompanied by diminutive figures of the deities Ganesha and Nandi, as well as a cobra and a Shivalingam.

    Khandoba is worshipped as a manifestation of Shiva (hence the image hear wielding a trident, which is an important attribute of Shiva) mostly in India’s Deccan plateau, particularly in Maharashtra state. The deity is worshipped by both Hindus and Jains.

    The example here has a lovely patina and obvious age.

    References

    Mitchell, A.G., Hindu Gods and Goddesses, UBSPD, 1982.

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