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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