Woman Holding a Baby Elephant

Woman Holding a Baby Elephant
Place Made:
Pakistan or Afghanistan
4th-5th century
9-1/2 x 4-1/2 in. (24.1 x 11.4 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
On View

This bust exhibits realistic modeling and delicately rendered facial features, which are much easier to execute in stucco than in stone. Curious
is the iconography of the woman holding a baby elephant: elephants symbolize virtues usually attributed to men, such as strength and virility. However, Maya, the Buddha’s mother, dreamt that a baby elephant entered her womb at the time of her son’s immaculate conception.

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