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Ganga: From Ahichchatra, 5th-6th Centuries A.D. Delhi, National Museum

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Title: Ganga: From Ahichchatra, 5th-6th Centuries A.D. Delhi, National Museum
Author(s): Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Gupta Period;Gupta Sculpture;General;stone sculpture;mounted transparency set
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: Ganga (or Ganges) was the lovely goddess of the river by the same name, She is shown carrying a water jug containing the waters of her mighty river and being protected from the sun by a royal parasol borne by a female attendant, She wears a rippling drapery somewhat reminiscent of the 'string' type of the Buddhas, but much more heavily drawn, Her body type is like the Yakshis, who were, of course, also goddesses in their own right, yet her bearing is much more queenly as would be befitting so important a deity, Ganga symbolizes purity, for the waters of her river were called upon to wash the world clean of the ashes of the dead (the myth of the Descent of the Ganges), One would be hard pressed to fit this figure into geometric units, this being one characteristic of folk imagery in Indian art, naturalistic features are prominent and the curvilinear outlines pronounced,
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-839


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