Wooden angel

This carving together with another angel (1999-01403-002) make a pair. The pair is carved out of several pieces of light wood and joined together. They actually depict moustached men with crown and wings. This angel looks quite strange considering that it was inspired by the European putti. Putti are the cherubic young babies who flutter around divinities and create a homely atmosphere. They also represent free spirits. Angels in European culture are harbingers of good luck and happiness. They are seen in close association of nymphs, Indian equivalents of apsaras. This pair was actually displayed in the Chettiar temple on Tank Road in Singapore prior to the temple's renovation.

Date/Period
19th century
Region
South India
Dimension
Object size: 60 x 59 cm
Accession No.
1999-01403-001
Material
Painted Wood and metal joints
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Woodcarving

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