2. Marble Dattatreya from India
Base 21 x 43 x 6cm; 76cm high
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Dattatreya, a Sannyasi (monk) and one of the lords of Yoga in Hinduism.
In many regions of India and Nepal, he is considered a deity. In Maharashtra, he is a syncretistic deity, considered to be an avatar (incarnation) of the three Hindu gods Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, collectively known as Trimurti.
In the temples of southern Maharashtra, Varanasi and in the Himalayas, his iconography shows him with one head and two hands and a cow.
He is typically dressed as a simple monk almost naked.
He is shown with a cow.