Nandi Vahana

Unknown artist

  • Date: c. 1920
  • Dimensions: H: 123 cm, W: 97 cm, D: 102
  • Medium: Painted wood
  • Region: Tamil Nadu
  • Museum number: PMA.00144

Wooden sculpture of human bodied Nandi with four-arms, kneeling down on a rectangular platform. These types 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; a bull is Lord Shiva’s mount.

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