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Statue of Hariti, Taxila, Museum

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CollectionsArthur Llewellyn Basham
Title: Statue of Hariti, Taxila, Museum
Author(s): Photographer: Basham, Arthur Llewellyn
Keywords: Gandhara Sculpture
stone sculpture
mounted transparency set
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: The Ghandaran artists have attained their greatest success in sculptures of two very important deities: Panchika and Hariti -, male and female beings associated with traditional nature cults, Hariti is the Goddess of Fertility, and she usually appears with her children, as she does in our example, and is depicted with a tender expression on her face, She became a veritable mother-goddess of the Ghandarans and is sometimes depicted holding the trident, in one of four arms, as well as a water pot, Her resemblance to western goddess figures (and even borrowing some male attributes such as the trident) is striking, drapery is still treated transparently, but not realistically, for we do not feel that the volume of the body is actually present under the fluted lines, particularly in the region below the hips, The rest of the goddess' body, her face, hands and breasts, are treated in greater relief: perhaps to emphasize her motherly features and draw attention to her benign expressions
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-599


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