Naturalia – reference na344


INDIAN HOLY COW HORNS – India – 20th C
DESCRIPTION/EXPERTISE
Pair of smoothly polished cow horns on separate black iron bases.
In Indian religions, the cow has been a symbol of wealth since ancient days. The cow was possibly revered because Hindus relied heavily on it for dairy products and for tilling the fields, and on cow dung as a source of fuel and fertilize. Thus, the cow’s status as a ‘caretaker’ led to identifying it as an almost maternal figure.
Hinduism is based on the concept of omnipresence of the Divine and the presence of a soul in all creatures, including bovines. Thus, by that definition, killing any animal would be a sin. One would be obstructing the natural cycle of birth and death of that creature, and the creature would have to be reborn in that same form because of its unnatural death.

MEDIUM
horn

SIZE
40cm high – 15cm wide

PROVENANCE
ex-Belgian private collection

PRICE
€ 850

Expertly mounted
All dimensions are without the mounting