A murti is a Hindu object of worship or a votive object made to represent a deity to help devotees in their daily prayers (puja) to focus their attention on and visualize the deity.

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  • Antique Brass Nandi, India


    This finely cast antique recumbent miniature statue with finely articulated features portrays Nandi decorated with jewels and sitting recumbent on a high-tiered throne.  Waiting to serve his Lord Shiva and kneeling in reverence and worship, Nandi is a symbol of purity and strength. Small figurines like this were placed on home shrines with other deities and items of significance to the family. Made using lost wax casting method whose mold is destroyed after use, it is a one-of-a-kind piece in very good condition with casting and plating flaws in the rear and a surface scratch and minor plating loss on the back left side.


  • Antique Bronze/Brass Nandi, South India


    This small antique brass Nandi is well-proportioned, exquisitely handcrafted and has 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.

  • Antique Repoussé Vishnu Votive Plaque, India


    This copper alloy repoussé votive plaque decorated with finely incised details portrays the Hindu deity Vishnu surrounded by a double aureole, one around his head and the other surrounding his body, both with borders and detailed interior designs. The conch shell he holds makes the om sound that embodies divine energy, his crown represents his supreme power and authority, and his earrings signify the dual nature of creations such as knowledge and ignorance, pleasure and pain and happiness and unhappiness.   A flowering lotus next to him and the lotus leaves of his throne symbolize purity, truth, and the unfolding of creation.

  • Antique/Vintage Brass Nandi Figurine, India


    This recumbent miniature statue with well articulated features portrays Nandi decorated with jewels and sitting on a high-tiered pedestal throne. Nandi figurines are placed on home altars for daily puja and are decorated with flowers and incense offerings as a sign of respect and this image has an attached incense holder for this purpose.  It was probably placed on a home shrine along with other deities and items of significance to the family. Made using lost wax casting, it is a one-of-a-kind piece in very good condition with a fine patina and smooth surface, some pitting and surface losses consistent with age and use.



  • Antique/Vintage Carved Hindu Deity Child’s Doll, South India


    This antique hardwood local female deity from a provincial area in South India represents a Devi, a positive spirit and fertility deity. Hand crafted as a child’s toy, it was intentionally crudely carved without much detail or reality, created to entertain and instill pride in the local community’s heritage and religion. It has a shiny patina from natural hand oil from being handled a century or so.  

  • Antique/Vintage Votive Silver Puja Spoon, India


    This finely crafted vintage votive silver spoon was part of an array of objects used for daily Hindu prayers (puja) which were arranged on a puja tray. Solidly cast, it is embellished with beautify flowing and lyrical incising from the elaborate handle down to and including the inside of the spoon it is covered with gorgeous linear designs, florals and stylized lotuses bordered with a stylized rope motif.

  • Vintage Terracotta Ganesh on his Mouse, India


    This vintage terracotta statue depicts Ganesh with his elephant head and pot belly on a very large representation of his vehicle, (vahana) the mouse who both wear a beaded rosary necklace. His trunk leans to his left to eat the sweets (laddo) which he holds in one hand, which represents earthly prosperity and well-being and his raised arms hold a weapon that symbolizes how we should not fear any obstacles, and conch shell that symbolizes victory and fulfillment. His body is framed by a pointed aurole with raised orbs reflected is divine status and energy.  The piece is extremely colorful with red, green and gold pigmentation throughout. It probably was created in a rural part of India, as its style is rustic and earthy, although entirely charming. This and other images of Hindu deities were placed in home shrines where they were venerated daily during a puja ceremony.


  • Vintage Terracotta Shiva Lingam with Parvati, India


    This colorful terracotta image devotional image of Shiva and Parvati was used for daily puja in a Hindu home. Shiva is represented by a lingham, a symbolic phallus, while the image of his consort Parvati is portrayed as a female deity figure. The dark green tree behind them highlights both of them and a garland of colorful flowers draped over the dark Shiva lingham emphasizes the importance and power of Shiva. The orange and black snake at the apex of the garland is Vasuli, the charm Shiva usually wares around his neck who represents Shiva’s power and fearlessness, while Parvati reaches across to the lingham to designate Shiva as the important “center” of the composition.

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