Medium: Brass and White Metal
Yea of Creation: the 1890s (approx.)
Dimension (LXWXH): 4”X3”X8.5”
Made in: Banaras, India.
This lovely statue has beautifully oxidized with age. Only her face remains serenely plain. The mixture of metals creates for a beautiful contrast. Look at the flower she holds. The stem leans on her arm. The flower blossoms above her shoulder. Big ear rings like medieval style. Every strand of hair is nicely carved. Each finger is so richly carved. See the fine engraving on her robe beside her leg: the folds can be seen.
A temple that was shutting down was giving away all of its old treasures. This is how my parents got this statue.
History: Temple dancers were a mysterious part of Indian lore. Girls were married to “God” or to the deity. Sometimes they were married to a tree worshipped as a god. They were called Tree Brides. Or also as God’s Woman. They would dance for the God. Sometimes, they would dance for the devotees. They were respected because they were considered divine after marrying God. This is carved after a legendary dancer in Banaras. Once, someone accused her of being disloyal to God by having an affair. To prove her innocence she danced on the steps that led to the Ganges. Right outside the time. With each dance move, the Ganges rose by one step. At the end of twenty-seven dance moves, the Ganges rose all the way to the top. The river collected the dancer and continued flowing. The river is worshipped as a symbol of purity. And so the dancer proved her innocence.
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