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South Indian bronze of Nandi seated on a rectangular plinth, H 3.4" L 2.6", ca 18th century or earlier

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A delightful traditional South Indian bronze of Nandi seated on a rectangular plinth, with long horns and majestic posture, this sacred bull serves as the mount (Sanskrit: vahana) of the god Shiva and is also the gatekeeper of Shiva and Parvati  H 3.4" ca 18th century, 

The appearance of Bull or Cow in many religions draws from the pastoral origin of societies. As early as 5000 years ago the bull was represented Indus seals. The Hindu god Shiva who is very much associated with Nandi, is represented as Pasupathi, the lord of the beasts in the Indus seals. Perhaps the first depiction of Nandi and Shiva together are found in the coins Kushan kings of India from about 100 to 300 AD. Sculptures of Nandi are common at Hindu temples dedicated to Shiva as he sits in a dedicated columned pavilion known as a Nandi mandapa and is positioned so that he gazes in adoration at Shiva’s lingam within the main temple. In Hindu art Nandi is depicted on his ownbells, decorated with clappers, and a necklace of flowers. 

Authentic Rare and Antique bronzes from Anton Sebastian Private Collection presented for sale by Antiques International.

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