Description Carved in life-sized proportions, with a tall crown of matted hair accentuating her height, this goddess commands awe. When intact, she would have occupied a temple or shrine, serving as a focus for the worship of Devi, the great goddess of the Hindu traditions. Devi is known by many names, and as the embodiment of shakti, or power, she is considered to be the energetic force that brings matter to life and enables action. As the supreme goddess, she is both nurturing and fierce. While this goddess’s voluptuous body, rich jewelry, and idealized facial features point to the auspicious aspects of her character, her elaborately arranged dreadlocks signal her ascetic power.
- Desire and Devotion: Art from India, Nepal, and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong. 2001-2003.
Provenance Doris Wiener, New York; purchased by John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore, 1969; given to Walters Art Museum, 2003.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2003
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