Festival image of local deities (Ayyanar with his consorts)

Historical period(s)
Fired earthenware
H x W x D: 60.3 x 54.3 x 23.5 cm (23 3/4 x 21 3/8 x 9 1/4 in)
India, Tamil Nadu state
Credit Line
Gift of the Indian Advisory Committee for the Festival of India and the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Government of India
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Sculpture

Figure: deities

earthenware, festival, India
Provenance research underway.

Ayyanar is the god for whom terracotta offerings are most often made. He is the son of both Shiva and Vishnu, two of the greatest Hindu deities, and he guards the boundaries of villages in Tamil Nadu, in South India, protecting them from harm. He is always depicted as proud and authoritative, dispensing justice. His sanctuaries, usually situated in trees and often near water, are set apart from community centers and major temples.

Collection Area(s)
Contemporary Art, South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
Google Cultural Institute
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