This is a very old, primitive hand carving of a Nandi Bull, as worshiped in India. The worship of Shiva and Nandi can be traced to 1000-3000 BC. It is very dark wood, perhaps Mango wood, and very hard. Nandi's are hard to come by as they are one of the most important elements in Hindu Iconography.
This Nandi came from a container of antiques originally sourced in New Delhi and may have been a children's toy as there are 4 holes carved into the base, which indicates there could have been axle stems and wheels. It appears as being carved by a single block of wood. The exact origin and age is unknown, but estimated at 60-90 years old.
Natural cracks and imperfections are found throughout as one would expect of an older wooden object. Very small trace remnants of some lighter yellow and white paint remain, along with remnants of a dark red/brown paint. One eye has a trace of blue. The back side has a more pronounced crack, but the integrity of the carving is fine. It also shows the original $65 price tag from our Atlanta show room.
Dimensions are: 9" tall or high X 6.75" wide and 3.5" thick. It sits on a 2.75" x 6.5" rectangular base.
Sold As Is: $58.00