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Gandharva standing beneath a flowering tree. Kesari style

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Title: Gandharva standing beneath a flowering tree. Kesari style
Author(s): Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Orissa-- Sculpture - Orissa - General;stone sculpture;slide set
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: Gandharva is the generalized name applied to all the heavenly inhabitants of the realm of the gods who are not themselves important deities of any particular function. Like the many manifestations of the mother goddess in the form of Siva's wife or any of the other saktis of the major gods, Gandharva has many names and many aspects. Here, he stands beneath a flowering tree and holds a staff-like object similar to that held by the goddess Durga in slide 13 (b). A gentle nature pervades this figure as it does most of the temple sculptures dealing with heavenly beings, particularly when they are suggestive of the beauties of heavenly existence. Handling is more precise in the Kesari sculptures than in those of the Rajput states, movement more graceful. -- . About 11th Century. London, Victoria & Albert Museum.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-1056


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