Karnataka or Maharashtra, 17th/18th century The domed cover with a bulging teardrop-shaped eyes, broad nose, long mustache, raised lips, and cleft chin, the face flanked by large ears. He wears a pendant necklace over his broad, spreading neck. 11 in. (27.9 cm.) high
Large faces of male deitieseither a deified hero (vira) or Khandoba, a form of the god Shivaare made in the Kalara coastal region of Maharashtra and northern Karnataka. They are used to front or rest next to stone lingas particularly on festival occasions, and may also have processional functions.
Compare with a related example in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (M.84.228.4) in Pal, Indian Sculpture, no. 119a, p. 234.
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