Bhudevi

This is a stone carving of Bhudevi, the goddess of earth, and one of Vishnu's consorts. Here, she is seen in a characteristic 'tribhanga' pose with one of her legs bent and her upper body leaning forward. Her left arm is broken which would have once held a flower. She is heavily bejeweled and wears a diaphanous drapery with folds. According to the Indian canon of beauty, the goddess is depicted with the ideal proportions - slender upper limbs, wide hips, full thighs and breasts, and a narrow waist.

Indigenous Name
Goddess of Earth
Date/Period
12th-13th centuries
Region
Late Chola, Tamil Nadu, south India
Dimension
Object size: 137 x 55 cm
Accession No.
1995-00894
Material
Granite
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Sculpture

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