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Mathura: Female figure, probably Camunda

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dc.contributor.authorPhotographer: Basham, Arthur Llewellyn
dc.coverage.spatialIndia (Mathura, Uttar Pradesh)
dc.date.accessioned2019-05-24T05:54:11Z
dc.date.available2019-05-24T05:54:11Z
dc.date.createdcirca 1970s
dc.identifierANUA 682-688
dc.identifier.otherIA-767
dc.identifier.otherIA-767
dc.identifier.other10
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/163456
dc.descriptionOne goddess figure known in numerous forms as the 'Universal Power' of living things is Camunda (also known as Durga, Kali, Uma, Parvati, Gauri, Maimavati, and Vindhyavasni), who has her living counterpart in every woman, Her popularity in folk art has existed from ancient times where her physical symbol was the yani: female counterpart of the lingam, Worship of Camunda was very widespread in India, and we find many representations of the goddess overcoming the forces of evil, which indicate that her cult had an extensive legendary background, The example in our slide of a Camunda image is a crude one, It bears strong kinship to folk-art sculpture in style and is not a part of the royal Kushan creations, The figure is executed in low relief, not sharply defined at any point, and makes strong use of abstract forms to suggest more naturalistic ones: for example, the harsh T-formation of the eyebrows and nose, -- Mathura, Curzon Museum,
dc.format.extent35mm
dc.format.mediummounted transparency
dc.format.mediumb&w
dc.format.mediumsepia
dc.format.mimetypeimage/tiff
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.relation.ispartofseriesBasham Collection
dc.subjectMathura
dc.subjectReliefs
dc.subjectstone sculpture
dc.subjectmounted transparency set
dc.titleMathura: Female figure, probably Camunda
dc.typeImage
dc.date.updated2019-05-24T05:54:11Z
dc.provenanceDigitised by the Australian National University in 2019
dc.rights.licenseThis image is provided for research purposes only and must not be reproduced without the prior permission of the Archives Program, Australian National University.
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