Nandi Enthroned, with Cobra
Here we have the Vaahan (animal associated with a Hindu Deity) of Lord Shiva. Nandi is a bull with enormous devotion and love for Shiva and carries out the bidding of Shiva.
This lost wax casting has three pieces that assemble together to the gorgeous display. The Nandi is rather worn from worship, and it seems uniformly worn around the face. The metal is likely to have a quantity of gold that keeps the metal from oxidizing.
Panchaloha, blended metals alloyed with some gold to maintain a brilliant shine for a very long time.
This artifact is well worn from worship in family settings. The pieces (3) are in tact and make a spectacular item. Estimated to be from the 18th century.
11" x 6.5" x 5" when assembled.