Carved out of the most durable teak wood, this item finds its home in temples in South India. Painted with vegetable paints, it still retains some colour in parts, where the stain of the paint has blended beautifully with the wood. The bare parts exhibit the grain of the teak and highlight the quality of the wood. The figure adorns the traditional temple headdress, jewellery and the attire of a temple dancer. Over 150 years old, the face of the figurine exhibits a sense of serenity that would be at home in a cool stone temple of the Indian gods.