India, 18th or 19th century CE. A large wooden statue of a sensuous goddess, possibly Parvati, who was once brightly painted. She stands with her legs straight and slightly apart, flat-footed, atop a dais that was made to be inserted into a niche or column. The figure is carved and painted in the round, suggesting that its back was not designed to be hidden against a wall. She wears a skirt, painted yellow and a darker color; she wear short shirt over rounded breasts carved with loving detail and has a bared midriff. One hand is to her stomach; the other is missing, but was probably extended, perhaps holding an implement that would have given us a clue as to her identity. Her hair is long and folded into a bun behind her head; she has atop her head a wide cylinder that may also have been set into a niche. Size: 7" W x 26" H (17.8 cm x 66 cm)
Provenance: Ex-Old Minnesota collection
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