kodda (Figure)

About this object

History of use

These brass ritual objects are handmade in cire perdue (lost wax) method by low caste Hindu brass casters. They are intended for other low caste Hindu groups such as potters and agriculturalists as well as non-Hindu tribes who do not work in brass. Although the classic Sanskritic based tradition, stipulated in the 'Silpa Sastras', requires that images worshipped in temples be solid cast, this does not apply to folk traditions where casting predominates.


Made by Kaser (Ghadwa) caste.

Cultural context

communal worship

Iconographic meaning

Horse is believed to be the vehicle of royalty and gods. Although this idea probably came from Vedic Arayan, it is now a tradition of many South Asians, including tribal peoples.

Physical description

Roughly burnished brass representation of a horse. Hard black material of interior core is distinctly visible through open circular fretwork on underside of belly and throat. 4 raised rosette designs, 1 on each flank. Coiled wire pattern on back. Low relief brass fringe embellishes upper foreface and neck.