Bronze Image of Bhu Devi
Tamil Nadu, South India
height: 11cm, weight: 145g
This fine bronze depicting Bhu Devi, one of the two consorts of Vishnu, is particularly well cast. It stands on a platform etched with lotus petal motifs.
Bhu Devi is depicted nearly always without a
kuchabandha or breast band, whereas the other consort Sri Devi, usually is shown with such a band.
Bhu Devi holds an open lotus whereas Sri Devi usually holds a closed lotus bud. The image has a striped dhoti, various jewellery items, and a tall, multi-tiered
Conventionally, Bhu Devi is shown standing to the left of Vishnu and Sri Devi is shown standing to the right.
The image here has rounded, softened contours from ritual
puja wear, and a glossy, dark chocolate brown patina. It was acquired in the UK and most probably has been in the UK since the colonial era.
Archer, M. et al, Treasures from India: The Clive Collection at Powis Castle, The National Trust, 1987.
Hindu Gods and Goddesses, UBSPD, 1982.
UK art market
Inventory no.: 3769