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An Ascetic Shaiva Deity
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An Ascetic Shaiva Deity

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Description The elaborate hairdo and the strap that helps to keep his legs in position identify this figure as a yogi and an ascetic. He sits on a cushion with his legs crossed at the ankles. His large, bulging eyes, too, are signifiers of the inner heat of a powerful yogi. He has a well-groomed beard and moustache, both of which are standard features of royal portraits in Madhya Pradesh sculptures. However, he is completely devoid of any ornament and wears only a narrow sash tied diagonally across his torso. Nevertheless, his elongated earlobes, as one sees in Buddhist images, and the four arms indicate that he is a deity.
Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969Examinationexamined for condition
  • 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. 2001-2003.
Provenance Doris Weiner Gallery, New York, New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Sale, Sotheby's, New York, New York, June 17, 1993, sale no. 6440, lot 85; John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore, 1993, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 2004, by gift.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2004

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10th-11th century
pink sandstone
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H: 23 1/16 × W: 16 × D: 12 3/8 in. (58.5 × 40.6 × 31.5 cm); Base H: 3 1/16 × W: 15 3/8 × D: 11 13/16 in. (7.7 × 39 × 30 cm)
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