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Terracotta horse

Honolulu Museum of Art School (formerly the Academy Art Center).


Plaque reads:


Aiyanar Horse

M.Palaniappan and Mr. Arumgam

Southern India

Terracotta clay, rice husks, sand

56 x 85 x 22


This ceramic horse traditionally serves as an offering to Aiyanar, the Lord and son of the two great Hindu gods, Shiva and Vishnu. Found at the shrines of almost every Tamil village in Southern India, these delightful terracotta figures are made to protect the village and its inhabitants.


The Art Center's horse was created on site by artists-in-residence M. Palaniappan, and eminent potter and priest, and his associate Mr. Arumgam in the summer of 1992. The horse is entirely hand-built in six separate pieces and was fired in an updraft kiln also assembled by the artists.




Le Bambole Mk. II, "The Compact" Pinhole Camera. Kodak Extar 100.

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Taken in August 2012