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Tree Dryad (Shalabhanjika)

Date:
12th–13th century
Culture:
India (Orissa)
Medium:
Ferruginous stone
Dimensions:
H. 42 1/2 in. (108 cm); W. 14 in. (35.6 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1965
Accession Number:
65.108
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 241
Integrated into the carved facades of Indian temples is a host of seductive females whose identifications are not always apparent. Some are nature spirits. Others serve as consorts and companions to the gods. The blossoming branch in this woman's hand and the tree trunk in the background suggest that she is a wood nymph.
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