Asian Tribal Art - Parvati, India

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Lost wax cast bronze
4" (10 cm) high
15-16th century

The Hindu Goddess Parvati is known as "the daughter of the mountain" and is the most powerful goddess in the pantheon. She is Shiva's loyal and loving consort and is the benign aspect of Mother Devi. Here she wears the tall, multi-tiered karandamukuta crown and striped dhoti. With her weight on her left leg, her graceful curves are accentuated by her left arm, which she holds in a gesture known as lolahasta. Her right hand holding a lotus, with her pinky finger delicately extended.


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