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A PAIR OF BRONZE FIGURES OF THE BHUTA MAHISANDAYA

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A PAIR OF BRONZE FIGURES OF THE BHUTA MAHISANDAYA

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A PAIR OF BRONZE FIGURES OF THE BHUTA MAHISANDAYA KARNATAKA SOUTH INDIA 19TH CENTURY the two bull figures standing with their heads raised each with long crescent shaped horns 22 21cm long The cult of bhuta or spirit worship is centred in Western Karnataka and the bull Mahisandaya also known as Nandigona is best known from the distinctive masks which occasionally appear on the art market as well as wood figures such as the example in the Museum of Art and Photography Bangalore (inv. no. FAT 00062). As so often in India there is a tendency for local cults to merge with mainstream Hinduism and an illustration of this can be seen with the crescent emblem on the bulls’ heads implying a link with Siva and his bull vehicle Nandi. For a mask of another bhuta deity Panjurli previously sold in these rooms see 27 May 2017 lot 151.
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A PAIR OF BRONZE FIGURES OF THE BHUTA MAHISANDAYA

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£1,500
May 22, 2019
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£5
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0097: A PAIR OF BRONZE FIGURES OF THE BHUTA MAHISANDAYA

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£1,200
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Est.
£1,200
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£1,500
Starting Price
£5
European & Asian Works of Art
Wed, May 22, 2019 07:00 AM
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Lot 0097 Details

Description
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A PAIR OF BRONZE FIGURES OF THE BHUTA MAHISANDAYA KARNATAKA SOUTH INDIA 19TH CENTURY the two bull figures standing with their heads raised each with long crescent shaped horns 22 21cm long The cult of bhuta or spirit worship is centred in Western Karnataka and the bull Mahisandaya also known as Nandigona is best known from the distinctive masks which occasionally appear on the art market as well as wood figures such as the example in the Museum of Art and Photography Bangalore (inv. no. FAT 00062). As so often in India there is a tendency for local cults to merge with mainstream Hinduism and an illustration of this can be seen with the crescent emblem on the bulls’ heads implying a link with Siva and his bull vehicle Nandi. For a mask of another bhuta deity Panjurli previously sold in these rooms see 27 May 2017 lot 151.

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