Early 20th Century Nepalese Wooden Temple Toy Bull
4.5" h x 8" l x 1.75" w
This early 20th Century bull toy represents Nandi, who in Hindu mythology, is the the bull on which Shiva (the ruler of the gods) rides. This Nandi is carved from wood and hand painted with a beautiful patina from years of use. Many of these toys would be repainted for festivals in a temple. This particular piece has marvelous coloration from various layers of greens, pinks, and even an subtle undercoat of orange. This bull kneels in a humble posture showing reverence to the god Shiva.
Nandi also serves as a gatekeeper for both Shiva and Parvati (the goddess of love, fertility and devotion). His image is often honored by stone temple sculptures.
Intended for decoration: would look very cute on a shelf in a baby's room. Not recommended for young children to play with.