A gray chloritic schist figure of Varahi Karnataka, Hoysala period, 12th century
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A gray chloritic schist figure of Varahi Karnataka, Hoysala period, 12th century
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A gray chloritic schist figure of Varahi
Karnataka, Hoysala period, 12th century
Seated with her right leg pendant, the matrika (mother goddess) presents her attributes: in her lower hands, a mace in her right a large book in her left, and a conch and disc in the upper hands. Typical of all Hoysala sculpture she is heavily adorned with beaded jewelry across her powerful body and she wears a short dhoti secured by a heavy belt. Her face is modeled on that of a sow and her finely detailed crown is flanked by pointed ears. The ornamentation is extended to the attributes as well and she sits on a platform embellished by rosettes.
30 1/2 in. (77.4 cm.) high

Footnotes

  • A closely related depiction of Varahi can be found in a The Seven Mother Goddesses (Saptamatrika) panel at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, see Menzies, Goddess, The Divine Energy, 2006, no. 65, p. 108 and an image of Durga, no. 59, p. 101.

    Compare with a closely related figure of Bhairava, sold Christie's, New York, October 3, 1990, lot 229 and a figure of Kali sold in the same room March 21, 2008, lot 737. Also compare with an image Vaishnavi in the Collection of Arnold Lieberman, see Cummins, Vishnu, 2011, no. 22, p. 90. Also see Pal Art from the Indian Subcontinent, 2003, no. 220, p. 298 for a image of the Holy Family of Shiva.

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    Private American Collection
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