Bhuta bronze figure seated on Pilichamundi
17th/18th century, Kernataka
Height: 35 cm, 13.8 inches
Pilichamundi is a name composed of “Pili” (Tiger in Tutu language) and “Chamundi”, a ferocious form of the Hindu Divine Mother. The tiger’s significance is said to be as a protector of cattle and crops sent to earth by Shiva. It is being ridden by a figure holding a knife in the right hand and a shield in the left.