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.
[ Unknown dealer, Pondicherry, India, by 1935; sold to Kevorkian] ; [ Carneg Kevorkian , Paris, from 1935; sold to Burnett by 1956] ; Cora Timken Burnett 1872–1956 , Alpine, NJ (by d. 1956; bequeathed to MMA)