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  • Description

    Standing figure of a Jain Vidyādevī, carved in white marble.

    The goddess is four-armed, holding a rosary (akṣamālā) and a small book (pustaka) in her upraised and lower left hands respectively; her right hands are broken. She wears a beehive-shaped crown (karaṇḍa) and her hair is arranged in a large bun. She had an elaborate pearled necklace with loops passing under breasts. Her girdle has a long pendant down to her ankles and festoons draped over her thighs. The goddess is framed by an elaborately moulded niche carrying seated Jinas. Above are flying celestials and below donor figures and female attendants holding flywhisks. Beside the attendants are subsidiary goddesses set in small niches displaying the gesture of granting boons (varadamudrā). Lotus tendril in the base.


  • Date

    • 11thC (late) (probably after 1050)
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 66.1 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

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      • Inscription Comment

        Later two-line inscription on the pedestal.
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history


    1990 20 Oct-9 Dec, Japan, Tokyo, Setagaya Art Museum, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.141
    1991 5 Jan-20 Feb, Japan, Yamaguchi, Prefectural Museum of Art, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.141
    1991 9 Mar-7 May, Japan, Osaka, National Museum of Art, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.141

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COMPASS Title: Marble relief figure of Sarasvati


COMPASS Title: Marble relief figure of Sarasvati

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