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- Object: sculpture
Bust of the god Brahmā carved in brown sandstone.
The god is shown bearded with his matted locks tied up with decorative bands and pendants to form a crown (jaṭāmukūṭa). He wears necklaces, armbands and a sash-like yajñopavitā. The faces on each side are carved in the round but are increasingly schematic towards the back. The fourth face, on the rear, is flatly rendered in relief and lacks detail.
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Height: 54 centimetres
Length: 25 centimetres
Width: 36.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Although regarded as creator of the world, dhātṛ, Brahmā does not have a rich variety of forms like Viṣṇu or Śiva and does not enjoy a wide degree of popular worship. However, images of Brahmā were not wanting in ancient times; he was often included in large stelae of other gods and frequently appeared as a subsidiary deity on medieval temples. There are temples to Brahmā at Pushkar in Ajmer, Rājasthān and another at Khed Brahmā, in Gujarat. Under the Paramāra rulers, Brahmā temples were built at Vasantgarḥ, Chandrāvati, and at Chinch in Bānswāra. An inscription from Bāgh (District Dhār) dated VS 1210 (AD 1154) is a rare example of a temple dedication to this god.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
'Masterpieces of Buddhist and Hindu sculpture from the BM', Kyoto National Museum/Tobe Museum, Tokyo. 05/06/1994
1997 13 Oct-1998 5 Jan, India, New Delhi, National Museum, The Enduring Image
1998 9 Feb-3 May, India, Mumbai, Sir Caswasjee Jahangir Hall, The Enduring Image
Southampton, City Art Gallery; Indian Sculture...; 12 Jan-25 Mar 2001
Walsall, New Art gallery; Indian Sculpture South Bank touring exhibition; 22 Jul-17 Sept 2000
Norwich, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts; Indian Sculpture...; 27 Sept-10 Dec 2000
'26 Jul-18 Nov, 2007: Barcelona, CaixaForum, L'Escultura en els Temples Indis. L'Art de Devocio.
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