Description This female figure, from the eastern Indian region of West Bengal, is almost certainly Radha, lover of the god Krishna. As a human woman who devotes herself completely and passionately to her god, Radha exemplifies an ideal for Krishna devotees to emulate. She herself is divinized, and she is worshiped through sculptures like this one. Within a shrine, the sculpture would be dressed and adorned with jewelry, and a flower might be placed in the left hand. The worn facial features attest to the repeated application of ritual substances during worship.
- 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 Kumar Art Gallery, New Delhi, India; purchased by John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore; given to Walters Art Museum, 2000.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2000
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