An attractive brass or white bronze alter / shrine of Virabhadra (Shiva with attendants), Western India, difficult to date, but we think it's at least 18th.-19th. century, but likely somewhat older.
Virabhadra, or Veerabhadra, is a fierce aspect of Shiva, who manifested following an unforgiveable insult made to Shiva’s wife, Sati, by her father, Prajapati Daksh. The central figure in the shrine is Virabhadra, a hero-warrior. He is flanked by Prajapati Daksh with his goat’s head, and Shiva’s beloved Sati.
Interestingly, the alter is completely scarred from the casting process on it's backside.
The alter was mounted to a black coloured wooden block by the former owner.
Size: 24 cm. tall incl. the base, 19 cm. for the figure alone. The figure is 15 cm. wide.
Condition: A seen in the pictures, though with much wear, all the details are still quite visible and with a nice patina.
Ex. Old Danish Collection (Estate sale).