Sita (?)
c. 1100-1150
Asia: India, Tamil Nadu
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The heroine of the epic Ramayana and the wife of Rama, Sita is also worshiped as the divinity presiding over agriculture. The lotus held in her left hand is the ubiquitous emblem for a goddess in Tamil Nadu. The sculptor of this remarkable piece employed considerable restraint in the carving, as the ornamentation and simplified garments do not overwhelm the rounded, sensuous forms of her body.


  • Title: Sita (?)
  • Date: c. 1100-1150
  • Medium: Granite
  • Dimensions: 71 x 22 x 16-3/4 in. (180.3 x 55.9 x 42.5 cm)
  • Credit Line: The Norton Simon Foundation
  • Accession Number: F.1975.17.04.S
  • Copyright: © The Norton Simon Foundation

Object Information

  • Pal, Pratapaditya, Asian Art at the Norton Simon Museum, Volume 1: Art from the Indian Subcontinent, 2003, no. 181 p. 255
  • Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, 2010, cat. 1254 p. 387
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