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Standing Female Deity

Period:
Mauryan period
Date:
3rd–2nd century B.C.
Culture:
North India
Medium:
Terracotta, black oxidation patina
Dimensions:
H. 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Anonymous Gift, 1978
Accession Number:
1978.539
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 234
Such small goddesses were produced in vast quantities and likely were used for personal devotion. This figure’s outstretched arms and wide hips recall the goddesses in the ring stone exhibited nearby. Her face and the rosettes in her hair were produced with molds, while handmade coils were used to craft the earrings, necklace, and girdle.
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