Vintage Terracotta Cow, India (11322YAK) $105


H: 7”  W: 8.25”  D: 3.125” | FREE SHIPPING

This charming vintage figurine of a cow suckling its calf was mold-made in separate parts, hand-luted and painted, resulting in images made from the same mold unique and individualized. Pieces like this were created by provincial craftsman for use in home altars along with favored deities. Although having strong rural roots, terracottas have become an integral part of the life of Indians of all socio-economic levels and many of these images are displayed in most Indian households. As modern pieces are mass-produced, those produced in the first half of the 20th century are becoming viewed as collectibles.



The cow in Hinduism represents divine goodness and generosity, is venerated, protected and sanctified in India and is associated with Hindu deities such as Shiva whose mount (vahana) is the bull Nandi and with some goddesses because of their beneficent maternal traits. Earthenware terracotta pottery has played a significant role in the cultural, religious and artistic traditions of India for centuries, and Indian terracotta images are considered spiritual, mystical and auspicious as Hindus believe it incorporates the five natural elements of air, fire, earth, water and metal. Made with a bivalve mould that is hand luted and hand painted, vintage Folk-Art  figures are made in the likeness of Hindu religious figures, soldiers, animals, and others and are important in rural India where they are seen as wishes for a better life and are considered a significant part of folk cultural art. This piece is in good condition with expected paint losses and scratches consistent with age and use.

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Additional information

Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 6 in
Place of Origin



Antique/Vintage (1910-1980)


circa 1920-1950

Materials and Technique


Dimensions (inches)

H: 7”  W: 8.25”  D: 3.125”


2 lbs 4oz


Good condition, see description

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