Khandobha (Classical style)

Khandobha Classical

This is Khandobha with his consort Mahalsa. The identification is based on his vahana, a horse, being accompanied by a dog and his attributes. In his hands, Khandobha is holding Khadaga (a short sword), drum, Trishul and a container for turmeric powder. This identification is reinforced by the matching attributes in Fig 210, page 280 in Cornelia Mallebrein’s book on Die Anderen Gotter ( The Other Gods)Khandobha horse and dog

Khandobha’s consort, Mahalsa, is sitting on his left lap and is holding a lotus bud in her left hand. Her right hand is holding Khandobha around his shoulder.

The classical style, with the deity being close to Umamaheshwara in form, is unusual. This is the first such full set, including his vahana, dog and prabhavali, I have come across. The facial features of Khandobha remind me of Siva and it may be intentional.

This bronze is unusual for several other reasons as well. The quality of work is well above average. Notice the horse for its unicorn, the support for its front legs, the patterns on the harness, its saddle and the platform for the deities.Khandobha classical itself

The deity is made using Ganga Jamuna technique. This technique was practised in two regions, Madurai in Tamil Nadu and in North Karnataka. Though modern pieces in Ganga Jamuna sKhandobha the three piecestyle is available, they are generally of poor quality. Enjoy the detailing in the pictures here.

The prabhavali has Makara, Kiritimuka and five-hooded cobra. Profuse incisions in the Prabhavali add to the aesthetic appeal. The features of the prabhavali, including loops at the back- not shown here, suggest this bronze is from North Karnataka.

This bronze is about 26.5 cm in height. It is from North Karnataka. Ganga Jamuna bronzes normally date to the eighteen century. But in this bronze, there is no corresponding ritual wear.Khandobha Classical leftKhandobha classical right


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