Two Female Attendants and Ganesha

10th Century


Gift of William C. Luban


The three sculptures on this wall are architectural fragments that remained after destructive Islamic raids. Originally, this one formed the right side of a horseshoe-shaped frame that held a large central image of Shiva and Parvati. At right is Ganesha, the elephant-headed god of wisdom who was one of two “mind-born” sons of Shiva and Parvati. This grouping was probably balanced at left by Karttikeya, the other son. Here, two attending female figures have identical poses; tall, festooned crowns; and bejeweled waist girdles.

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