A stylish antique Khond attributed bronzed metal stylized figure of a Hamsa bird dating from the 19th or early 20th century made in Orissa, India.
The Khonds are an indigenous Adivasi tribal community in India and produce metal sculptures in a very distinctive and recognizable style.
The hamsa is used in Indian culture as a spiritual symbol. Based on a goose the hamsa has many interpretations but in mythology is said to separate milk from water when mixed together or good from evil.
This example in its interpretation appears more like a hen than a goose with its wings gathered and outlined on either side and a large raised tail and wearing a collar and a chain around its neck. The bird is hollow cast with a bronze patina and is not marked.
Provenance: Acquired from the British Art Market and from a large collection of Khond and similar Indian metalware.
In good condition with wear associated with age.
Origin : India
Manufacture Date : 19th or Early 20th Century
Materials : Metal
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