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The river deity Ganga with attendant
Place of Origin: India, perhaps Mandor, Rajasthan state
Date: 700-900
Materials: Sandstone
Dimensions: H. 22 1/4 in x W. 15 1/2 in x D. 5 in, H. 56.5 cm x W. 39.4 cm x D. 12.7 cm
Credit Line: The Avery Brundage Collection
Department: South Asian Art
Collection: Sculpture
Object Number: B66S9
On Display: No

Description

Label: Two of India's greatest rivers, the Ganga (Ganges) and the Yamuna, are personified as goddesses with the same names. They were often represented at either side of the lower part of temple doorways, and that is where this sculpture would have been positioned. Ganga here stands on a mythical water creature that is broken except for its ruffled tail. The voluptuous goddess leans on the shoulder of an attendant. The goddess holds a vessel of water and at the side a larger vessel flows upward with luxuriant foliage.

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Exhibition History: "Hindu Deities", San Francisco International Airport, United Terminal, August 10, 2012 - March 4, 2013
Label: Two of India's greatest rivers, the Ganga (Ganges) and the Yamuna, are personified as goddesses with the same names. They were often represented at either side of the lower part of temple doorways, and that is where this sculpture would have been positioned. Ganga here stands on a mythical water creature that is broken except for its ruffled tail. The voluptuous goddess leans on the shoulder of an attendant. The goddess holds a vessel of water and at the side a larger vessel flows upward with luxuriant foliage.
Exhibition History: "Hindu Deities", San Francisco International Airport, United Terminal, August 10, 2012 - March 4, 2013