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.
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.