Description This sculptural panel, in which a celestial woman holding a flywhisk attends to a four-armed god, once belonged to the wall of a temple or shrine. Although damage to the attributes held by the male deity obscures his identity, he is most likely Agni, god of fire and protector of the southeastern direction. Like this god, Agni is represented with a beard and matted locks of hair, and usually has a portly physique. Near the god’s feet is a flame-like form, perhaps the sacrificial fire that Agni embodies.
- 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 Rudi Oriental Art, New York; purchased by John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore, 1976; given to Walters Art Museum, 2003.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2003
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