Two ends of a small portable wooden altar (kavadi).
Portable altar used during the Thaipusam Festival that lasts ten days, in honor of the god, Skanda. He is especially popular in South India, where it is known as Tamil Murugan (the
boy). He is the son of Shiva and the half brother of Ganesha.
These two carved wood panels with connected yoke form a small portable altar richly decorated called kavadi. These altars were carried on the shoulders of men or women devotees during processions. The main figures were represented by Murugan and Ganesha.
Southern India, Tamil Nadu, 19th Century.
Heights: 57,5 cm (22-1/2 in.) and 60,5 cm (23-3/4 in.).