Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

(Formerly Prince of Wales Museum of Western India)

Datta

Bronze
Deccan
20th Century CE
Gift of Angela and Ernst Misha Jucker
2012.557
Object of the Month - December 2015

Dattatreya is a composite figure combining the three gods of the Hindu trinity into a single three-headed deity. Dattatreya carries the characteristic insingnia of Vishnu (conch and discus), Shiva (trident) and Brahman (begging bowl and rosary). He is accompanied by 4 dogs, who represent the four Vedas and a bull. His cult was primarily located in the Western regions of Maharashtra and Karnataka.