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The Hindu deity Parvati
Place of Origin: Southern India
Date: 1300-1500
Object Name: Relief
Materials: Granite
Dimensions: H. 44 1/2 in x W. 19 3/4 in x D. 8 in, H. 113 cm x W. 50.2 cm x D. 20.3 cm
Credit Line: The Avery Brundage Collection
Department: South Asian Art
Collection: Sculpture
Object Number: B61S4+
On Display: No

Description

Label: The beautiful Parvati is the wife of the great god Shiva, and mother of the elephant-headed Ganesha and the war-god Skanda. Parvati is one aspect—a benevolent one—of the Great Goddess, whose fierce aspects are known as Durga and Kali. Here Parvati, four-armed, stands in a formal position and holds two items frequently associated with her, a lotus for beauty and transcendence, and a rosary for piety. Parvati is shown with the large eyes, round breasts, narrow waist, and broad hips that were elements of ideal beauty for a woman in ancient India.

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Exhibition History: "Indian and South-East Asian Stone Sculptures from the Avery Brundage Collection", Pasadena Art Museum 11/22/1969-2/1/1970, The Miami Art Center 2/26/1970-4/15/1970, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts 5/6/1970-6/21/1970, Joslyn Art Museum 7/7/1970-10/15/1970, Lakeview Center for the Arts and Sciences 11/1/1970-12/31/1970.

"Hindu Deities", San Francisco International Airport, United Terminal, August 10, 2012 - March 4, 2013
Label: The beautiful Parvati is the wife of the great god Shiva, and mother of the elephant-headed Ganesha and the war-god Skanda. Parvati is one aspect—a benevolent one—of the Great Goddess, whose fierce aspects are known as Durga and Kali. Here Parvati, four-armed, stands in a formal position and holds two items frequently associated with her, a lotus for beauty and transcendence, and a rosary for piety. Parvati is shown with the large eyes, round breasts, narrow waist, and broad hips that were elements of ideal beauty for a woman in ancient India.
Exhibition History: "Indian and South-East Asian Stone Sculptures from the Avery Brundage Collection", Pasadena Art Museum 11/22/1969-2/1/1970, The Miami Art Center 2/26/1970-4/15/1970, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts 5/6/1970-6/21/1970, Joslyn Art Museum 7/7/1970-10/15/1970, Lakeview Center for the Arts and Sciences 11/1/1970-12/31/1970.

"Hindu Deities", San Francisco International Airport, United Terminal, August 10, 2012 - March 4, 2013