This antique figurine is rendered in beautifully patinated brass and depicts the animal most sacred to Hindus world-wire, the Brahma Bull.
For centuries, the cow has been a symbol of wealth, strength, abundance, and long Earthly-life. Various Hindu texts proclaim that the feeding of a Brahma or "Brahmin" bull demonstrates great piety and charity.
The Brahma has a distinctive hump on the shoulders and a flap of loose skin hanging from the neck. This little bull is rendered in lovely detail, featuring incised embellishments around the yoke, saddle, and tail.
As you can see, the bull's feet are affixed to a rectangular brass base which allows it to stand firmly on a surface.
The rich color that the brass has acquired over many years gives the figurine a beautiful, almost mystical time-enhanced appeal.
Though he exhibits some minor wear and irregularities consistent with lost-wax casting, this Brahma bull remains in excellent antique condition.
Measurements: Bull is 1 3/8" tall (with base), 2 1/8" long, ¾" wide, Base is 1 7/8" long, 1" wide Weight: 59.4 grams (2.10 oz.)