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Lord Khandoba’s Sculpture

Lord Khandoba is a folk deity worshiped especially in the Indian Deccan. The sculpture pictured below features him seated in an upright position on a horseback holding a sword in one hand and shield in the other whereas the horse is stationed in passant position on a rectangular low base. The sculpture belongs to the late 18th century or early 19th century A.D.  It is made using a mixture of brass and bronze which over the years has developed a brown film over the surface.

Despite being a miniature sculpture, the details aren’t spared, each element is finely emphasized. You can know more about our artifacts collection from http://www.thegreateasternhome.com.

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18th Century Wooden sculpture of a Divinity

Pictured here is a high relief sculpture of a three-armed divinity holding gada in both his hands. A gada is a club that essentially has a spherical head mounted on a shaft with a spike on the top. The other upraised hand of the deity also held an object which is now broken. It is an 18th century wooden sculpture made in South Indian style.

You can also reach us at www.thegreateasternhome.com to know more about some of the pieces on display at our store, or visit one of our stores to take a closer look at this sculpture among other pieces in our collection.

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Lord Vishnu’s sculpture (18th century)

The Great Eastern Home 18th century sculpture of Vishnu

Sculpture is a favored medium of artistic expression on the Indian subcontinent. The tradition of Indian sculpture extends from the Indus Valley civilization of 2500 to 1800 BCE. As a record of history, sculpture is extremely valuable for the information it can provide about the development of a culture.

The Great Eastern Home displays an 18th century Rajasthani sculpture of Lord Vishnu dancing with a damaru (small two-headed drum) in his forearms.  The figure is graceful, slender and has supple limbs; but there is an almost complete suppression of individuality. This is because the figures are conceived of as shapes that are more perfect than anything to be found in the merely transitory appearance of human models. For instance, the multiple heads and arms of Hindu divinities were thought necessary to display the manifold attributes of these gods’ many powers.

The sculpture pictured above has been defaced and damaged with age but is definitely worth a look. We are open 365 days in a year so picking a day to visit us is easy. You may reach us at www.thegreateasternhome.com.

18th century sculpture of Goddess Laxmi

Sculpture has always been an essential part of Indian civilization; a culture that dates back to ancient times and has flourished uninterrupted to the present. It is fundamentally important to India’s one billion Hindu adherents. The sculptures serve as the focal point for the devotees to worship, meditate on, or otherwise communicate with Hinduism’s innumerable deities and demigods.

The Great Eastern Home has taken pleasure in displaying an 18th century old sculpture of Goddess Laxmi (also known as Vaishnavi) in high relief in the South Indian style. The goddess is four-armed and seated on a lotus. There are lotus-petal motifs behind her and a small figure of a devotee seated on the left side. The proportions of the body and face follow rules and standards established many centuries ago. The goddesses are thought to be supremely beautiful with their shapely bodies and fine facial features. Alas, we can say that we are some centuries late to witness the artifact intact, as the sculpture is a bit defaced and damaged. But it is all worth a look at The Great Eastern Home! You can reach us at www.thegreateasternhome.com.

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