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Bronze Alloy Temple Idol Featuring Khandoba (Shiva) & Malshabai (Parvati) 18th Century

Bronze Alloy Temple Idol Featuring Khandoba (Shiva) & Malshabai (Parvati) 18th Century
Bronze Alloy Temple Idol Featuring Khandoba (Shiva) & Malshabai (Parvati) 18th Century


Height: 7 ½ inches. Origin: Karnataka. Date: Mid 18th Century. Subject: Khandoba Avatar of Shiva with Parvati Avatar, Malshabai.

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Item No: A1741
About this item:

Height: 7 ½ inches
Origin: Karnataka
Date: Early 19th Century
Subject: Khandoba Avatar of Shiva with Parvati Avatar, Malshabai

This fantastic equestrian group depicting Khandoba & consort Malshabai (avatar of Shiva’s wife Parvati) on horse back dates from the mid 18th Century. According to Hindu legend, Lord Shiva assumed the Khandoba incarnation in order to slay the demons Mani & Malli and following his victory remained in the historic town of Prempora (now Jejuri). He is a folk deity worshipped predominantly by the people of the Deccan regions, Maharashtra, parts of Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka states of India. As such, this type of offering horse is found mainly in Shaivite temples within the pastoral areas of South India. They are offered by devotees to gratify and amuse the particular form of Shiva (in this case Khandoba).

This is a superb little temple bronze, with fine detailing and characterful composition. Unfortunately, the mount’s left ear has broken away, although this does little to detract from the aesthetics of the piece. Khandoba carries a sword in his right hand and Malshabai is tucked under his left arm. A two piece icon, Khandoba is attatched to the mount by means of a vertical peg & loop device (the loop on Kahandoba’s back, the peg to the centre of the mount).

The bronze was purchased in July 1998 at the former Gordon Reece Gallery of Finkle Street, Knaresborough, N. Yorks and 16 Clifford Street, London. From there it resided in a private collection of Indian & South East Asian art, until purchase posthumously by the current owner.