Description Embodying ancient hopes for well-being, the figure’s broad hips, prominent breasts, and headdress brimming with flowers and fruit communicate fertility and abundance. Such clay images were used for personal devotion; they would have been laid flat, perhaps on a shrine. Their widespread use is attested to by the large numbers that survive. The oldest example of Indian art at the Walters, this figurine is from Mathura in north-central India—one of many cities established along the Ganges and Yamuna Rivers. By the second millennium BCE, the city was an important economic, religious, and cultural center.
- 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 Subash Kapoor, Temple Art, New York City; purchased by John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore, 1983; given to Walters Art Museum, 2003.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2003
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