Mother Goddess with Child
c. 600
India: Uttar Pradesh
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This image of a goddess belonging to the Hindu pantheon portrays her both as a protector deity and a nurturing mother. Hence, she carries a sword with one hand and a child with the other. Interestingly, the small child pulls on a string of pearls around her neck.

Details

  • Title: Mother Goddess with Child
  • Date: c. 600
  • Medium: Sandstone
  • Dimensions: overall: 29 1/2 x 22 1/4 x 6 in. (74.93 x 56.51 x 15.24 cm)
  • Credit Line: Norton Simon Art Foundation
  • Accession Number: M.1975.11.05.S
  • Copyright: © Norton Simon Art Foundation

Object Information

Dye III, Joseph M., Asian Art: Selections from the Norton Simon Museum, fig. 6 p. 25
Pal, Pratapaditya, Asian Art at the Norton Simon Museum, Volume 1: Art from the Indian Subcontinent, no. 71 p. 109
Pal, Pratapaditya, Durga: Avenging Goddess, Nurturing Mother, fig. 21 p. 24
Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, cat. 1157 p. 377
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