Folk Shiva Devotee (IBS287)
Folk art is becoming extremely collectable today. In India there are museums devoted solely to the subject.
Here we see a very good quality piece of folk art. It depicts a devotee, possibly a Goddess, of Lord Shiva riding a sacred cow in the form of a water dropper. The devotee is in Anjali Mundra and in front of Her, on the back of the cow, is a Lingam upon a Yoni. To the side is a very nicely crafted cobra who's tail travels along the side of the cow to it's hind leg. Originally there would have have been another cobra on the opposite side but this is now missing, as is the front left leg of the cow. Despite the missing leg the piece still stand upright very well.
It is hollow cast with a small hole in the cow's snout. Underneath is a funnel section for filling the item and then pouring the water from the cow's snout. Due it's very good age there is an area of bronze loss under the cow.
We are always happy to see good quality and unusual folk art, and this piece is no exception. In our view it is very very unusual and may even be a unique image. It would make an excellent addition to any folk art collection.