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Varahi (?): a boar-headed tantric goddess, with multiple arms bearing skulls, attended by two devotées

Accession Number
2001/2.134

Title
Varahi (?): a boar-headed tantric goddess, with multiple arms bearing skulls, attended by two devotées

Artist(s)
Indian

Artist Nationality
Indian (South Asian)

Object Creation Date
15th century

Medium & Support
ink with green and pink watercolor (vegetable pigments) on paper

Dimensions
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 Line
Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink

Label 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 Classification
Painting

Collection Area
Asian

Rights
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2 Related Resources

Hindu Gods and Goddesses
(Part of 6 Learning Collections)
Introduction to Manuscripts and Early Print
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)

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