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Parvati, consort of Siva, standing, with right hand raised to hold flower

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Title: Parvati, consort of Siva, standing, with right hand raised to hold flower
Author(s): Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Bronzes - South Indian;copper/bronze;slide set
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: Another feature of Vijayangar [sic] art in the Pandya style is its spiritual dignity which often, unfortunately, borders on the coldly hieratic. The Parvati figure in our illustration shows a good many technical, but few warm and personal virtues. Each detail is well attended to, as in the case of the Krishna image in slide 37, and we have noticed that the mask-like face is necessary in many cases to convey the feeling of the absolute. Thus, if we overlook the aloof nature of the work, we can see that it is a handsome piece worthy of artistic merit with respect to its execution, just as beautiful jewelry is admirable but not in the least impressive for its personal warmth in most cases. -- Bronze. Madras State. Pandya-Vijayangar [sic] style. 13th-14th Centuries. London, Victoria and Albert Museum.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-1898


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