Description Although damage to the attributes held by this plump, four-armed male deity obscures his identity, he is likely Agni, god of fire and protector of the southeastern direction. Accompanied by a woman holding a flywhisk, Agni is represented with a beard and matted locks of hair. Near the god’s feet is a flame-like form, perhaps the sacrificial fire that Agni embodies. This sculptural panel once belonged to the wall of a temple or shrine.
- 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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