While collecting antiques, sometimes it is not the age/antiquity or the aesthetics that gets your attention. Like it is in this case. Here the subject matter, the iconography and the pure expression of devotion stand out.
The four-armed seated figure, identified as Narasimha, is holding a Chakra and a shanka in his rear hands. The front hands are holding a sword and a shield. The attributes in the rear hands, the stylized mane, whiskers and the absence of a tail identifies him as Narasimha. (This website has a four-armed Hanuman holding a Shankha and a Chakra).
Sword and shield are among the attributes of Narasimha. The Victoria and Albert Museum has an example of an eight-armed Narasimha (IND.LOST.167) holding a sword and a shield.
Chennakesava temple, Somnathpur has a sculpture of Narasimhing fighting Hiranyakasyapu holding a sword and a shield. The photo, taken by me, is to our left.
I have not come across any other sculptural references to this iconography. It is this ‘oddity’ that earned its place in my collection.
This is likely to be a pilgrim piece from a specific temple.
The Vigraha is about 6 cm in height. I have no guess as to where it is from, though South India is a possibility. It is less than 100 years old.
12 Feb 2023: This Vigraha is now with Wolf Friedman, a Narasimha Bhakta. I could not say no to his request and his desire to give Narasimha a good home. Just for the record, it is an exception.