This shadow puppet of Shiva is a Togalu Gombeyatta puppet, a shadow puppet tradition of Karnataka, India. It translates to the dance of leather puppets, with ‘Togalu’ meaning leather, ‘Gombe’ meaning a doll or a puppet and ‘atta’ meaning dance.
Shiva, one of the holy trinity in the Hindu Pantheon, is portrayed sitting on Nandi (bull). He is dressed as a warrior, contrasting with his characteristic ascetic appearance.
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Periodlate 20th century - early 21st century
MediumVegetable and poster colour on animal hide
DimensionsH: 24.5 cm x W: 38 cm
Genre: Indigenous & Tribal Art