Incense Holder in the Shape of a Bull
height: 4 in. (10.2 cm)
Bequest of Samuel Eilenberg
Prior to 1998, provenance not yet documented; by 1998, acquired by Samuel Eilenberg of New York; 1998, bequeathed by Samuel Eilenberg to the Brooklyn Museum; April 6, 2021, accessioned by the Brooklyn Museum.
Hollow metal vessel in the shape of a male calf, straining to reach his mother's teat. The calf is adorned with jewels. The hole at its mouth would have held incense and released smoke. Most likely used in a Krishna temple, where bovine imagery was common.
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