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Sculpture from the Kushan Period
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Buddhist Painting from India, Nepal, and Tibet
Buddhist Painting from India, Nepal, and Tibet
Sculpture from Nepal
Sculpture from the Kushan Period
Two Bodhisattvas from Sri Lanka
India, Tamil Nadu; Chola period (880-1279), early 11th century
Copper alloy
H. 35 in. (88.9 cm)
Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection of Asian Art
The Hindu goddess Parvati, the daughter of the Himalayan Mountains, is worshiped both as Shiva's wife and as an independent deity. She stands in a traditional posture of self-assured grace, the triple-bend pose (tribhanga) in which the head and lower body slant in one direction, while the torso moves in the opposite direction. The distinctive gesture of her right hand represents holding a flower while her left arm and hand perform a dance gesture. A statue of Parvati is an integral part of the imagery of Shiva as Lord of the Dance. In a South Indian temple, this large bronze would have been placed near an image of Shiva, similar to those in the Asia Society Collection (see Related Objects).
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