Varahi (?): a boar-headed tantric goddess, with multiple arms bearing skulls, attended by two devotéesArtist(s)IndianArtist NationalityIndian (South Asian)Object Creation Date15th centuryMedium & Supportink with green and pink watercolor (vegetable pigments) on paperDimensions
4 15/16 in x 6 13/16 in (12.6 cm x 17.3 cm);12 in x 14 in (30.48 cm x 35.5 cm);4 15/16 in x 6 13/16 in (12.6 cm x 17.3 cm)Credit LineGift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. SpinkLabel copy
This quick sketch depicts a multi-armed goddess with a boar’s head attended by two female figures. The sheer vitality of the line imparts great power to this figure. Her vehicle, a dog-like creature, sits at her feet. Another folio from this series, an image of the fierce goddess Durga slaying the Buffalo Demon, dates this work to the fifteenth century.
Exhibited in "Divine Encounters, Earthly Pleasures: Twenty Centuries of Indian Art," 12/12/03-2/22/04.Primary Object ClassificationPaintingCollection AreaAsianRights
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