Exhibitions/ Art Object

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
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 240
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.
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