Mould and Tak of Khandoba and Mhalsai
The image depicts a brass mould and its impression taken in copper. Such impressions are known as tak. Here the mould and the tak depict Lord Khandoba and his consort Mhalsai riding on a horse.
Such taks of various deities are worshipped in household shrines. The practice is particularly popular in Maharashtra and Karnataka. Generally, the tak is pentagonal shape but sometimes are made square or rectangular.
Khandoba is a Hindu deity worshipped as a manifestation of Shiva particularly in Maharashtra and Karnataka. He is also known as Martanda Bhairava or Malhari Martanda. The main temple of Khandoba is in Jejuri.
Indian Decorative Art
Brass and Copper
Casting and repousse
20th Century CE
Mould- 11.4 x 9.6 x 1 cms. Tak- 10.2 x 8.3 cms.