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Bronze Pavarti/Durga Shrine Group
South India
circa 1850

height: 34.8cm, width: 17.8cm, depth: 16.8cm

This extraordinary image of Pavarti or the deity's manifestation Durga, cast in brass, stands on a raised, tiered, triangular dais (perhaps a shakti symbol) over
a large engraved lotus flower symbol on a shrine with a pierced backing plate surmounted by a multi-headed cobra and a
kurtimukha mask.

The patina, manner of construction and realism of the casting of the figure suggesting colonial influence suggest a mid-19th century dating.

The figure has been cast with four arms, only one of which holds an attribute - a small dish.

Small well-cast figures of a striped tiger and a bull (
nandi) are in attendance. (The tiger or lion is the mount or vahana of Durga and a tiger or lion and nandi
are the
vahanas for Pavarti.)

The figure is dressed in a saree with a long necklace that might be stylised severed heads. The hair is pulled back but flows freely down her back. A Shaivite
symbol is cast on her forehead.

The figure can be removed from the shrine, as can the backing plate.

The set is in excellent condition.

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

Provenance: UK art market

Inventory no.: 4188 SOLD

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