A Good Sized Vintage South Indian Golu Figure: Goddess Durga

$235.00 USD

mid twentieth century
12 1/2" x 9" x 4 1/4", 31 cm x 20.5 cm x 11 cm

This good-sized, beautifully rendered and painted molded figure is what is called in South India a golu or kolu.

These figures--and there were many gods and goddesses depicted in the form of golu--were set out in traditional home displays in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh during the nine night Hindu festival called  Navratri.

This golu depicts the goddess Durga, a mother goddess who is also a "warrior." Her fearsome appearance and wildly forceful powers are said to slay evil and quell demonic forces assailing the terrestrial and cosmic realms. 

In this good-sized image of Durga we seen her riding her mount, the lion. She is shown in a contemplative state, sitting cross-legged on her lion, in her lower left hand she holds the trident, a symbol associated with her consort, Lord Shiva.

As can be easily seen on the accompanying detail photographs, this golu shows a good deal of wear, patina and surface damage which add to its charm.

A beautiful, fairly large and collectible image of the goddess Durga with a good deal of age.

A Good Sized Vintage South Indian Golu Figure: Goddess Durga