Enquiry about object: 9073
Indian Bone Female Attendant Deity
Karnataka, India 17th century
height (including stand): 15.3cm, width: 4cm, weight: 139g
art market/private collection, UK
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This beautiful, fine image of a standing female deity has been carved in bone. The bone has developed a superb glossy, brown patina from age and handling.
The image shows the deity with copious necklaces, bracelets, upper arm bands, anklets, earrings and other jewellery. Her hair is pile atop her head, gathered in a large topknot. Around her middle is an elaborate, pleated waist cloth.
She stands on a finely-carved lotus pedestal.
Such a deity, with its prominent breasts and wealthy of jewellery would have been associated with prosperity and fertility. Probably it was intended to adorn the altar of a well-to-do family home.
The image is mounted on a small black stand, and is in excellent condition.
Aditi, Festival of India, The Handicrafts and Handlooms Exports Corporation of India Ltd, 1982.