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The Buta Jumadi
2007.77
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Although it may not seem so at first, this object is not a mask: it is the face of the god Jumadi.

History of the Object
In the southern Indian state of Karnataka, in the Tulunadu region, besides the great principal Hindu gods, the people worship a number of local deities, so-called butas, which can be male, female or hermaphroditic. Some possess the figure of an animal, while others are local or mythical heroes. Jumadi is a hermaphroditic, princely deity. His face usually rests on an altar within a shrine dedicated to him. Only for major festivals is it mounted on a frame and carried by a dancer, who is 'possessed' by Jumadi and goes into a trance.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Brass 
Measurements
Width 45 cm. Height 65 cm. Length 43 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Karnataka, Tulu 
Geography
India 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th century 
Function
Sculpture 
Acquisition
Collection Heidi and Hans Kaufmann (until 2007) 
Copyright
Museum Rietberg 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Museum Rietberg 
Museum
Museum Rietberg 
Credit line
Museum Rietberg, Gift Heidi and Hans Kaufmann 

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