Deities with attendants. Bronze; 39 cm x 30 cm. Bastar region, Madhya Pradesh. c. 18th century. 85/6831.
This composite icon of divinities, probably that of the local goddesses Telangeen and Pardeseen1 is cast for the use of the tribals by the Ghadva community of nomadic metal casters in the cire perdue technique. The deities have been assigned the status of a majestic pair by means of elaborate head ornaments and royal raiment. A splendid umbrella and armed guards further testify to the acquired regal character of these folk deities.
1. In conversation with metalsmith Sukhchand Ghadva from Bastar.