A sandstone standing goddess relief

10th century, Madhya Pradesh, India

Height (mounted on stand): 58.5 cm, 23.3 inches

This sculpture, like many which were typically used to decorate medieval Indian temples, is in the image of a celestial female, a symbol of fertility and abundance. It embodies a concept that has it’s roots in the civilization’s Neolithic past.

Similar Examples

The Sensuous Immortals, Pratapaditya Pal, Los Angeles County Museum of Art – page 81.

Gods, Guardians, and Lovers: Temple Sculptures from North India A.D. 700-1200, The Asia Society Galleries, New York – in association with Mapin Publishing Pvt. Ltd., Ahmedabad – pages 160 & 161.

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