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Wonderful Cast Bronze Devotional Equestrian ‘Temple Toy’ on Wheels (Horse)

Wonderful Cast Bronze Devotional Equestrian ‘Temple Toy’ on Wheels (Horse)
Wonderful Cast Bronze Devotional Equestrian ‘Temple Toy’ on Wheels (Horse)

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Length: 11 ½ cm (4 ½ inches). Height: 9 ¾ cm (3 ¾ inches). Material: Copper Alloy (Bronze) with Iron Bars. Origin: Gujarat Border, India. Date: 17th/18th Century. Condition: The piece is in superb condition, with a natural deep, age patina. The extremities are worn from extended use and it retains signs of red pigment in places. There is a cavity near the tail which has been filled with wax and red pigment.

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Item No: A22330
About this item:

Length: 11 ½ cm (4 ½ inches)
Height: 9 ¾ cm (3 ¾ inches)
Material: Copper Alloy (Bronze) with Iron Bars
Origin: Gujarat Border, India
Date: 17th/18th Century

Photographed and offered for sale is this wonderful devotional bronze offering. The offering of a horse, although highly esteemed, was an extravagance that could only be afforded by the very wealthy. These delightful little figures provided a more modest but nonetheless respectable donation. Likely an offering to Khandoba, a mount such as this was believed to aid the deity in reaching the donor in times of need. These little bronzes were undoubtedly particularly appealing to children, compounded by a western viewpoint of small figures with wheels, and so early western observer accounts became the foundation for the colloquial term ‘temple toys’.

The piece is skillfully cast with chased and applied granulate & wirework decoration. The attention to detail is meticulous; caparisoned in a saddle with girth and harness, ceremonial mane & forelock pendant, tail & human, male reproductive organs. Two iron bolt axles attach the intricately chased wheels with geometric decoration.

Condition: The piece is in superb condition, with a natural deep, age patina. The extremities are worn from extended use and it retains signs of red pigment in places. There is a cavity near the tail which has been filled with wax and red pigment.