Standing Saint Figure
On View: Asian Galleries, Arts of South Asia, 2nd floor
This image of a devotee of the Hindu god, Shiva, may represent the hunter saint, Kannapan, who always has a chignon at the top of his head, wears a moustache and beard, and carries a dagger at his side. Kannapan is one of the few saints who became important enough to have a temple dedicated to him in his home town of Kalahasti, north of Madras.
57 1/4 x 18 in. (145.4 x 45.7 cm)
Gift of Martha M. Green
Prior to 1969, provenance not yet documented; before 1969, acquired by an unidentified New York collection; May 9, 1969, purchased at Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, lot 130, by Martha M. Green of Brooklyn, NY; 1992, gift of Martha M. Green to the Brooklyn Museum.
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