Bronze Akupara Libation Tray

19th/20th Century

Height: 11cm   Weight: 600g

South India

This is the first bronze of of this mythical creature I have seen. Akupara is the turtle that supports the world. In modern myth, according to the Bhagavata Purana, Akupara is the turtle King in a charming story of how the various mythic kings revive the goddess Shri, who has dissolved into a sea of milk and must be churned out by spinning Mount Meru as a spindle, Akupara supports Meru on his back.

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