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Appliqué and embroidered temple textile, of rhomboid shape (widest at base) with three suspension chords on the bottom edge and one at the top, along with loops at each corner on the top. At the centre, the fanged goddess Mariamman is depicted seated within a small shrine topped by a kirttimukha; she is flanked by elephants. Flames issue from all around her head and she carries in her four hands, the drum, trident, lasso and a skull-cup. Above and below the goddess are rows of yalis (above, processing towards a vessel filled with vegetation; below, processing towards a fanged head with protruding eyes). The eyes of these mythical beasts are given added note by being fashioned in relief as also are the eyes of the goddess and the disembodied head on the lower register.
- Production date
- 20thC (Early)
Height: 143 centimetres
Width: 263 centimetres (on the longest (bottom) edge)
- Curator's comments
- Probably for suspension in a temple mandapa, and used as the focus for devotees listening to the narratives of the goddess.
- Not on display
- Has suffered serious wear in the past, but is now stable. Areas where the applique has become worn have been removed and stabilised by the dealer before sale.
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