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Votive horse

Votive horse

  • Place of origin:

    Gujarat (made)

  • Date:

    1971 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Fired clay

  • Museum number:

    IS.25-1977

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case R, shelf 1

In many regions of Gujarat local deities are worshipped by offering votive animal figures. These figures are exceptional in the sense that the upper body is kept hollow with a hole in front just below the neck. These figures are offered to various local deities.

This horse was made by Bikha Bhai Kumbhwala at Sankheda, Gujarat in 1971. It was made during the festival of nine nights (nava ratri) for sale as an offering to the Mother Goddess after a cure from illness.

Physical description

Votive horse made of hollw drum-shaped body, open, with extended legs and head, in terra cotta.

Place of Origin

Gujarat (made)

Date

1971 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Fired clay

Dimensions

Height: 25.5 cm, Width: 10.5 cm, Length: 17.5 cm

Object history note

This was made by Bikha Bhai Kumbhwala at Sankheda, Gujarat in 1971. It was made during the festival of nine nights (nava ratri) for sale as an offering to the Mother Goddess after a cure from illness. IS. 6 to 41-1977 were in Circulation Department travelling exhibition "The Arts of Village, India".

Historical context note

In many regions of Gujarat local deities are worshipped by offering votive animal figures. Chhota Udaipur in Gujarat and Jhabua in Madhya Pradesh produce wheel turned votive animal figures. These figures are exceptional in the sense that the upper body is kept hollow with a hole in front just below the neck. These figures are offered to various local deities such as Kabail or smallpox god, Govaldev, cow herd god and Devlimadi, Dhabasmaand, Khedbaima forms of mother goddesses by Bhil, Bhilala, Bhargi, Rathwa, Dhonaka, Naika of these states.

Descriptive line

Ritual horse, terracotta, painted, Gujarat, 1971

Production Note

Made by Bikha Bhai Kumbhwala

Materials

Terracotta

Techniques

Firing

Subjects depicted

Horse

Categories

Ceramics; Ceremonial objects; Folk Art

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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