Bhairavi’s attributes are sword, trident, drums and skull cup (as usual starting from lower right hand clockwise). This is as per iconography. Bhairavi is supposed to wear a garland of skulls, like her husband Bhairava. The garland is absent. There are three skulls or heads, two in front of her and one under her left knee. She is not fierce, as the iconography states, but she is stern. Despite that difference, we are identifying her as Bhairavi. Why?
Back of the prabhavali has three rows of metal loops. A feature common among bronzes from North Karnataka and Maharashtra. The book titled Sculpture at Vijayanagara – Iconography and Style by Anna Dalliapiccola and Anila Verghese identifies the deity with the above attributes as Bhairavi (Page 65 and plate 67 and plate 68 – see below). Vijayanagara empire included Karnataka and parts of Maharashtra. That is good for me.
What is also interesting about this sculpture is the combination of folk and classical features. Prabhavali with Makara and Kiritamukha is a classical feature. The execution of the sculpture (features, assembly, six fingers in lower right hand and exaggerated length of the sword) is folk-like. An unusual combination.
It is about 11.5 cm in height and shows signs of worship. No guess on the age, other than this is from nineteenth century or earlier.