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

Physical description

Naturalistic brass representation of a deer in slender, delicate style. Small brass flat balls encased by 2 narrow strips of brass wire on each side to form entire open brass work surface on deer's back. Underside composed of crisscrossing brass wires forming open fretwork design. Legs and very thin antlers are solid. Face is humourously depicted with bulging eyes, deep nostrils and an open mouth.