South Asia, India, ca. 19th century CE. A wonderful antique wood relief carving of a Hindu deity with a brightly painted surface. The god stands on an ornate ledge with one foot resting on the head of a bird, likely a peacock. He is ornately adorned, with clothing flowing to the sides, as he holds two ovoid objects, possibly bells. Jewelry embellishes his ankles, wrists, arms, neck, and ears, and a crown is set at the top of his rounded head. The face is detailed with large eyes as well as a prominent nose, and the painted surfaces of the skin and clothing have traces of white pigment, symbolic of purity. Floral motifs appear above the head as well as a shikhara spire, part of Hindu temple architecture. The orange and red pigments add vibrancy to this dynamic portrayal of this god. Size: 6.125" W x 23" H (15.6 cm x 58.4 cm)
This relief may represent the Hindu god, Kartikeya, also known as Muruga, and Skanda, the Hindu god of war who is often depicted with a rooster or a peacock.
Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex-California, USA Collection
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Old inventory label on back. Stable cracks and minor losses to high pointed areas. Abrasion and stable fissure on left shoulder. Surface weathering, abrasions, and chipping commensurate with age. Modern hardware ring for mounting!