Standing Parvati

Period: Chola period (880–1279)

Date: ca. first quarter of the 10th century

Culture: Indian (Tamil Nadu)

Medium: Copper alloy

Dimensions: H. 27 3/8 in. (69.5 cm)

Classification: Metalwork

Credit Line: Bequest of Cora Timken Burnett, 1956

Accession Number: 57.51.3


Parvati is the consort of Shiva and mother of the elephant-headed god Ganesha. This magnificent statue is one of the finest Chola representations of Parvati found outside India. The genius and obvious skill of the sculptor produced a timeless image of the goddess as well as a female figure of surpassing beauty and grace. Her lyrical, rhythmic carriage and the soft yet firm lines of her body suggest the ideal of the divine and eternal female.