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Antique & Ethnographic Art

Churning of Sea of Milk

India, 19th-20th century 



The Churning of the Sea of Milk

carved wood, weathered, mounted on a custom base

late 19th-early 20th century

Southeast India (Tamil Nadu)

height (not including base): approx. 47.5 cm

provenance: acquired in Chennai, India, by the present owner, Jack Daulton

This wood carving is a fragment from a Hindu temple car or chariot, which is used to carry images of Hindu deities in processions on festival days.

The motif represented is the Hindu myth of cosmic renewal, The Churning of the Sea of Milk, as described in the Bagavata Purana.

Standing on a lotus base flanked by an attendant and a small figure of the elephant Nalagiri crouching beside him, wearing a closely fitted sanghati with his left hand raised holding the tip of his robe, backed by an arched mandorla with flame border and two stupas flanking his head
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