May 25, 2016

Goddess Mangala, from a Devi Series

Goddess Mangala, from a Devi Series

c. 1660

Gum tempera on paper

Miniature: 24.8 x 21 cm (9 3/4 x 8 1/4 in.)

Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.154


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Banana flowers hang pendant and are bright pink.


The four-armed goddess sits on an open lotus against a dark green background. She holds a discus, sword, bowl of cakes, and a shield. Banana trees flank her, and her tiger mount stands beneath. The subject in the painting appears to be a regional form of the Devi, as the name “Mangala” does not appear in major Hindu scriptures.

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