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Jonathan Tucker

Pink Sandstone Nandi Bull
Vietnam; Cham Period
circa 9th century
Pink sandstone
Length: 56 cms (22 ins)

A rare and important pink sandstone figure of a recumbent Nandi bull, the vehicle of Lord Shiva, realistically modelled with a tranquil aspect and rippling dewlap, his tail draped over his rear hooves.

For a related image from the Ho Chi Minh Historical Museum please see fig. 210 in E. Guillon, Cham Art: Treasures from the Da Nang Museum, Vietnam. Bangkok: River Books, 2001.

Provenance: Private English Collection
Purchased from Spink and Son Ltd in 1996
Published as no. 51 in Spink Catalogue, Legacies of Ancient Civilisations: A Selection of Indian and Southeast Asian Works of Art, 1996.

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