Nandi

Unknown maker

  • Date: c.1850
  • Dimensions: H: 30 cm, W: 39 cm, D: 17
  • Medium: Marble
  • Region: Rajasthan
  • Museum number: PMA.00136

The stone sculpture of Nandi resting on a plain unpolished plinth. He is seated with his two right legs bent in by his body, with the rear left leg tucked in underneath and the fore left leg raised and placed in front of him. He is decorated with saddle cloth and a row of bells around his neck.

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

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