A bronze figure of Shiva and Parvati with Nandi
India, Maharashtra, 18th century
The four-armed god seated on a round seat over Nandi, his arm wrapped around Parvati who is seated on his lap, both holding the lotus bud in their lower right hands, the bull draped with multiple belled necklaces and standing on a stepped pedestal incised with floral and scalloped patterns, the whole backed by a flaming archway centered by a five-headed snake
16¼ in. (41.3 cm.) high
Acquired from a private Italian collection before 1965
Compare with an example of Khandoba on horseback, in which the upper part of the gate is very similar, see Figiel, Ritual Bronzes of Maharashtra and Karnataka Including the Bhuta Region, p. 29, fig. 4-16.