A beautifully cast Hanuman in Anjali mudra. The incision is kept to a minimum, just for delineation of toes and hair arrangement.
See the side view below. Shows him slightly bent forward adding to the effect of Anjali mudra.
This probably was finial of handbell, much used and worshipped piece. Now he is standing as a decoration to an ashtray. Talk about cultural sensitivity. After some thinking decided to leave as I got it, attached to an ashtray. Bit of history. Ashtrays are becoming ‘extinct’ anyway.
Note the neck chains, earrings, the gap between earrings and neck, flowing nature of his raised tail, the weight on his right leg and delicate work around his waist. All this is cast.
The bronze is about 10 cm in height. He is much worn and copper rich. He is almost certainly from Tamil Nadu and may date to the sixteenth century.
25 Jan 2017: Comments from DB, a fellow collector.