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  • Description

    Four-armed figure of Pārvatī carved in a grey sandstone.

    The goddess stands on a lotus, her weight carried evenly on both feet (samapādasthānaka). The arms have been mutilated, but one hand displays the gesture of granting boons (varadamudrā). The other hands appear to have held a pot (kamaṇḍalu), staff (daṇḍa) and sprouts of grass (kuśāṅkura). On either side of Pārvatī’s head are broken triangular areas of stone: these were the fire pits (agnikuṇḍa). She is attended by female figures standing on both sides, as well as seated devotees. At the feet of the attendants are a recumbent lion and deer. The upper part of the stele shows Gaṇeśa, Kārttikeya and Lakuleśa, seated in small niches.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 10thC
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  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 64.5 centimetres
    • Width: 40 centimetres
    • Depth: 22 centimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Menzies 2006 cat 44, p. 80-81 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    2010 Aug 4 – Nov 15, China, Shanghai Museum, ‘India: The Art of the Temple’

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  • Acquisition notes

    Purchased by John Bridge at the Stuart sale at Christie's in June, 1830. The collection was given to the British Museum in 1872 by Mrs John Bridge and his nieces, Miss Fanny Bridge and Mrs Edgar Baker, on the death that year of George Bridge, brother of John Bridge.

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  • Additional IDs

    • 32 (Bridge Collection number)
Sandstone figure of standing Parvati.

Sandstone figure of standing Parvati.

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