Saint or Warrior?


Tirumangai Alvar

A well-sculpted figure of about 10 cm height. Serene and peaceful expression and seated in Lalitasana posture. The expression on the face belies the aggression of holding swords and shield. If this is from Tamil Nadu, South India, it is either Madurai Veeran or Thirumangai Alvar.

There are no signs of worship and the details are crisp. This may date to 20th century. The sheen, noticeable in the above photo, is unusual.Tirumangai Alvar (back)



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