Description Carved as a bracket to be placed between a pillar and a ceiling, this woman, an embodiment of idealized female beauty, once occupied the hall of a temple. Casting her gaze downward, she grasps a mango-laden branch of the tree above her, unconcerned with the monkey that sits there. Both women and mango trees have ancient associations with fertility and abundance in India, and sculptures such as this one are believed to bring wellbeing and prosperity to the buildings they adorn.
- 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.
- Excursions through the Collection: Portraiture, Adornment, and the Natural World. 2019-2021.
Provenance Spink & Sons, London [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; purchased by John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore, September 1982.
Credit Promised gift of John and Berthe Ford
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