Nandi Vahana

Unknown artist

  • Date: c. 1860
  • Dimensions: H: 113 cm; W: 120 cm, D: 34 cm
  • Medium: Wood and natural pigments
  • Region: Karnataka
  • Museum number: PMA.00018

Wooden sculpture of Nandi standing on a rectangular platform with a plinth on its back.
These type of idols were used as Vahanas: for carrying temple deities during ritual processions.

In Hindu mythological traditions, a variety of gods have specific animals that play the roles of their vahanas or mounts; Nandi is the bull that is Lord Shiva’s mount.

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