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Standing Female Deity

Mauryan period
3rd–2nd century B.C.
North India
Terracotta, black oxidation patina
H. 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm); W. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm); D. 1 7/8 in. (14.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Anonymous Gift, 1978
Accession Number:
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.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Mother India: The Goddess in Indian Painting," June 29, 2011–November 27, 2011.

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