Mardhini (Tribal)

Mardhini Tribal

Four-armed goddess holding Trishul, a shield, a sword and the hair of a male figure in her hands (starting lower right – clockwise). The male figure’s hands are in Anjali mudra.

The attributes (Trishul, sword and shield) point to a version of Durga or Mardhini Tribal profileMahishamardhini.

The prabhavali is ridged and is topped with Kalasa (A sacred water container). Just below the Kalasa, you see the signs of Sun and Moon. The Sun and Moon symbols are meant to denote Kala (time), implying the Goddess will be there as long as there are Sun and Moon.

On the platform, you see a Lingam, two animal figures, a heap of five stones, Cobra with the raised hood and five similar symbols.

The ridged prabhavali is typical of Central India. And so are the features on the platform.  See Govinda Bhairava for similar features.

This work is more tribal in nature. The back shows braided hair of the goddess. As is typical of bronzes from Central Deccan, the prabhavali has loops. They are meant for holding flowers or miniature umbrellas.

The bronze is about 14.5 cm in height. There is not much ritual related wear. But then these bronzes may not undergo the daily ritual purifications that most of the South Indian bronzes undergo. The book Die Anderen Gotter by Cornelia Mallebrein has similar bronze, figure 152. That bronze is attributed to the nineteenth century.

This bronze is featured on this site to show the various depictions of one of the most popular pan-Indian goddess.




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