19c Indian bronze votive statue of Krishna crawling holding in his hand a butter ball, which he stole from a storage in his house. Pleasantly chunky and heavy excellent piece, highly detailed, superb depiction of his rich jewelry. Beautiful wear to the areas that were touched during worship, very nice feel of age. Height 2 7/8 inches.
Late 18th to early 19c century votive Indian bronze sculpture of Balakrishna (dancing baby Krishna) with the right leg raised, holding a butter ball in his right hand, and his left arm outstretched. It is rather unusual to see this image without a snake support for its right foot. Excellent casting and detailing - see his jewelry and face. Great dynamic posture, wonderful patina overall. Height 2 3/16 inches.
Early 19th century small Indian bronze votive sculpture of standing Garuda holding his hands in front of him in praying attitude (anjali mudra indicating total devotion). Cast in the state of Karnataka. Garuda, being the mount of Vishnu, is regarded as representing essential qualities of the deity in animal form, and was worshipped as deity itself. He is present in both Hindu and Buddhist tradition, and usually has a body of a human, with a beak of a crow and wings. Very nice casting, pleasant d ...click for details
19th century Indian bronze votive sculpture of Vishnu sitting with one leg pendant on a high base and holding Lakshmi on his left knee (usual name for this grouping is Lakshmi-Narayana). His right hand is in abhaya (absence of fear) mudra, while Lakshmi is holding lotus flower in her left hand. Very good casting and detailing, great dark patina, nicely worn on the front. Nailed to a wooden base (can be separated from the base by pulling 2 nails). Statue height 3 inches, height with stand 4 3/8 i ...click for details
Late 18th to early 19th century Indian bronze votive sculpture of Rukmini - a consort of Vitthali, who is regarded as a form of Vishnu or Krishna. His name means “standing on a brick”, he is usually shown in characteristic stance with his hands on his hips, he is also known as Vithoba or Panduranga, and is worshipped in particular in Pandharpur, not far from Bombay. She is shown with the same hand positioning, very good casting and sharp detailing - see her jewelry. Wonderful devotional wear, pl ...click for details
18th century votive Indian bronze sculpture of 4-armed male deity with a bow. The image probably represents Shiva, but I am not sure. Very good casting and detailing, pleasantly heavy, losses to its right hands. Wonderful devotional wear, traces of sandalwood paste used during worship, wonderful patina overall. Height 3 5/8 inches.
Late 18th century small Indian bronze votive sculpture of Vitthali, regarded as a form of Vishnu or Krishna. His name means “standing on a brick”, he is in his characteristic stance with his hands on his hips and holding a conch shell in his left hand. He is also known as Vithoba or Panduranga, and is worshipped in particular in Pandharpur, not far from Bombay. Cast in the state of Maharashtra, sharp detailing, wonderful devotional wear, very pleasant patina. Traces of sandalwood paste used duri ...click for details
18th century small Indian bronze votive sculpture depicting Shridevi - a form of Lakshmi, the consort of Lord Vishnu. She is holding an open lotus in her left hand. Very nice casting - see her graciously bent figure, beautiful warm brown patina, high devotional wear with traces of sandalwood powder in crevices, overall in great condition for a votive piece. Height 2 3/8 inches.
Early 19th century votive Indian bronze Shiva lingam protected by Naga (cobra) with extended hood, and with a small figure of Nandi - the bull of Shiva - on the side of the lingam. Cast in Karnataka state, good casting and detailing, beautiful patina from being touched, compressed dust in crevices, very pleasant feel of age. Height 3 1/8 inches.
Unusually small 19th century Indian bronze votive sculpture of Bhudevi with bare breasts and pink lotus (nilotpala) in her right hand. Bhudevi is the consort of Vishnu and personifies the earth. Excellent casting and detailing, modeled with grace and beauty, wonderful brown patina, in excellent condition for a votive piece. Height 1 5/8 inches.