Antique Indonesian Style Majapahit Standing Bronze Brahma Statue - 23cm/9"
Measurements Height 23cm/9"
An antique Java style standing bronze Brahma sculpture in the 13th century Majapahit style. Brahma is the Hindu God of Creation and one of the Trimurti, the others being Vishnu and Shiva.
Brahma's four faces look North, South, East and West. The Brahma is stood samabhanga on a round lotus petal pedestal which is itself stood on a decorated pedestal.
His hands hold a variety of items including a lotus bud, a fly whisk and mala beads. His lower left hand holds a Kalasha. The kalasha is considered a symbol of abundance and "source of life" in the Vedas. It is referred to as "overflowing full vase" in the Vedas. The Kalasha is believed to contain amrita, the elixir of life, and thus is viewed as a symbol of abundance, wisdom, and immortality.
He wears a richly bejewelled dohti and upavita. His face has a downcast gaze. Upon his head he wears a decorative Javanese style tiara in front of his Kirita-Makuta or tall conical crown. This symbolises control over Positive and Negative attitudes. On his forehead he has a third eye or urna.
He has an aquiline nose and elongated earlobes with large ear rings. Brahma is backed by an aureole with a beaded border and flaming rim, topped by a decorative finial. The demonstrates his divinity. The sculpture has a wonderful verdigris patina.
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A deity of contradictions, Shiva the Destroyer, has a tumultuous history which is reflective of his many responsibilities and characterisations. His importance over the universe, but also his personality, make him a popular choice in Hindu art.