Female torso

Female torso

1000s

Black chlorite

Overall: 89 x 44 x 19 cm (35 1/16 x 17 5/16 x 7 1/2 in.)

Gift of Maxeen and John Flower in honor of Dr. Stanislaw Czuma 2011.146

Description

This life-size sculpture of a female figure was likely installed by a doorway or in an exterior niche of a Buddhist temple. Throughout the history of Indian art, voluptuous female figures have adorned Buddhist sanctuaries. Embodying the Indian ideal of female beauty, the form of the young mother with full breasts of milk personifies abundance, nourishment, and productivity—ideas that were considered auspicious and life affirming. Her copious jewels and valuable textiles also visually relate that the good karmic actions of venerating the Buddha and following his teachings will result in abundant good fortune.

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