Painted Wooden Welcome Temple Toy Bull
Cow - 5" x 2" x 7"
Base - 11" x 5.5" x 10"
This charming and humble little 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 painted with multiple layers. His surface has a patina from children's play! A length of rope may have been fastened through the metal loop in his front, to make him mobile. Beautifully embellished with reds, golds, and blues - the saddle on this bull has been fully painted.
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.