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Parvati, c. 1000

India: Tamil Nadu, 975-1025
32-1/2 in. (82.6 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
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On view

This image of Parvati is unusual for its voluptuous appearance. The figure’s full breasts, gently swelling abdomen, and powerful thighs are much less stylized than those in other images of the goddess. The artist has modified Parvati’s usual posture in order to accommodate this ample form. Not only is her hip thrust to the side, but she appears to bend forward slightly at the waist, as if engaging the viewer.

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