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Hanuman, the Monkey God

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India Anonymous,
Hanuman, the Monkey God, c. 1800
Copper
4 in. x 2 7/8 in. x 2 7/8 in. (10.16 cm x 7.3 cm x 7.3 cm)


Object Type: Statuary
Technique: Cast
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Vladimar S. Aronovici
Accession Number: 95.3.23


Commentary
The Monkey God Hanuman is an extremely popular deity in India, described in the 6th-1st c. BCE epic poems Ramayana. Hanuman seeks wisdom from Surya, the sun god and keeper of the Rigveda, and is seen as a guardian of wisdom. He holds a shield in his left hand and a mace in his right, weapons he used to protect Lord Rama against the evil Ravana.
Dr. Bruce A. Coats, 2022

Marks
No marks.

Medium
Solid cast copper, with gilding.

Object Description
Standing figure of Hanuman, the Monkey God, and eighth incarnation of Vishnu. Hanuman holds a dorje in his right hand and a shield in his left, as depicted in the Rami Yama battle. There is a curved tail in back. The figure wears a hat and garment.
(1997)

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