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Four of the seven Mother Goddesses
Place of Origin: India, Uttar Pradesh state, Madhya Pradesh state
Date: approx. 750-800
Materials: Sandstone
Dimensions: H. 22 in x W. 33 in x D. 6 in, H. 56 cm x W. 84 cm x D. 15 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. Stephen A. Sherwin and Merrill Randol Sherwin
Department: South Asian Art
Collection: Sculpture
Object Number: 2010.329
On Display: No

Description

Label: This panel, before it was broken, would have included seven Hindu goddesses known as "mothers." These goddesses embody the energies of male gods to whom they are linked by their names. The goddesses also hold symbolic implements and sit on the animals associated with these male gods. From left to right: Indrani, representing the energy of the god Indra, holds a thunderbolt and sits on an elephant; Kumari, the female counterpart of Skanda (also known as Kumara), holds a spear and sits on a peacock; Varahi, associated with Vishnu in the form of the boar-headed Varaha, holds a skullcap and sits on a buffalo; and Chamunda (who does not have a male counterpart) holds a skullcap and a trident and sits on a corpse. Missing are the other three Mother Goddesses: Brahmani, counterpart to Brahma; Maheshvari, associated with Shiva; and Vaishnavi, Vishnu's female counterpart.

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Exhibition History: "Sights Unseen: Recent Acquisitions", Tateuchi Gallery, September 2, 2006 - March 25, 2007
"Hindu Deities", San Francisco International Airport, United Terminal, August 10, 2012 - March 4, 2013
Label: This panel, before it was broken, would have included seven Hindu goddesses known as "mothers." These goddesses embody the energies of male gods to whom they are linked by their names. The goddesses also hold symbolic implements and sit on the animals associated with these male gods. From left to right: Indrani, representing the energy of the god Indra, holds a thunderbolt and sits on an elephant; Kumari, the female counterpart of Skanda (also known as Kumara), holds a spear and sits on a peacock; Varahi, associated with Vishnu in the form of the boar-headed Varaha, holds a skullcap and sits on a buffalo; and Chamunda (who does not have a male counterpart) holds a skullcap and a trident and sits on a corpse. Missing are the other three Mother Goddesses: Brahmani, counterpart to Brahma; Maheshvari, associated with Shiva; and Vaishnavi, Vishnu's female counterpart.
Exhibition History: "Sights Unseen: Recent Acquisitions", Tateuchi Gallery, September 2, 2006 - March 25, 2007
"Hindu Deities", San Francisco International Airport, United Terminal, August 10, 2012 - March 4, 2013