Antique Bronze/Brass Nandi, South India (9510VHE) $395


H: 3.25”  W: 1.375”  D: 2.5” | FREE SHIPPING

This small antique brass Nandi is exquisitely handcrafted with a wonderfully aged patina. He sits recumbent on a raised rectangular platform. Delicately incised with decorative details delineating the head, neck, snout and body, his right leg and tail are sinuous, graceful ornaments rather than defining features. His head is at a 45-degree with lyrically curved horns in contrast to most versions with horns extending backwards. This Nandi is based on a South Indian cow whose humpback is emphasized here by two parallel lines covering it as if is part of a saddle or another ornament feature.


Nandi is among the most frequent Hindu deities worshiped in public places, temples, homes, or on a home altar throughout India.  As one of Hinduism’s mythical animals, Nandi is Shiva’s vahana, (his mount that transports him), attendant and leader of his attendants and guardian of all four-footed animals. A recumbent image of Nandi on a high pedestal throne with his face pointing to the main shrine usually guards the entrance to Shiva-dedicated temples. Nandi is a votive deity (murti) to help devotees focus, especially during puja, and small metalwork images are often placed along with images of other deities on a home altar. Women often visit or pay homage Nandi images and offer flowers and prayers for fertility. Using the lost-wax technique, this brass figurine is delicately incised with decorative details and has a beautiful patina due to its long use during daily Hindu puja. This piece is part of the VA Spiritual-and-Inspirational Collection of Hindu-Art and Deities-and-Legends and the Hindu-Cultural-and-Ritual Art Collection.

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Additional information

Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 6 × 6 × 6 in

18-19th Century

Materials and Technique

Bronze/brass/copper alloy

Dimensions (inches)

Ht: 3.25” W” 1.375” D: 2.5”

Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 8.25cm W: 3.49cm D: 6.35cm


9 oz

Item Number



Excellent, fine patina demonstrating age and use

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