Hanuman

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Hanuman

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Description

Hanuman, the monkey god is a very popular deity among the Hindus. He is a devout follower of Rama, the divine hero of the Ramayana and avatara (reincarnation) of Vishnu. Hanuman is the focus of widespread worship by Hindus as a sankatamochana (remover of difficulties). This image perhaps, once belonged to a group that included Rama, Lakshmana and Sita. From Hanuman’s posture and attitude of devotion, it can be surmised that he would be facing his master.
But for his simian head and tail, this Hanuman is essentially a human figure. His hands are joined at his chest in the classic Indian gesture of greeting and devotion. He wears a dhoti with a broad belt and several hanging ornaments over his garment. These create a pleasing rhythmic pattern. By contrast, the torso is sparsely adorned. There is a suggestion of a short jacket around the chest. Only a few of the ornaments and the dhoti are represented on the well-modelled back.

Collection

Sculptures

Object Type

Sculpture

Material

Bronze

Schools/Culture/Period

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Technique

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Date

16th Century CE

Location

Gadak, Karnataka

Dimension

H 32.5 cm