Two Goddesses Seated on an Elephant

Historical period(s)
19th-20th century
H x W x D: 43 x 19.4 x 25.5 cm (16 15/16 x 7 5/8 x 10 1/16 in)
India, Chhattisgarh state, Bastar district
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Metalwork, Sculpture

Figure: goddesses

casting, elephant, howdah, India, trident, umbrella, wirework, WWII-era provenance
Provenance research underway.

Two goddesses are seated high upon an elephant and beneath an umbrella that connotes their divinity. Between them are a large trishula (trident) and a head without a body. A mahout, or driver, sits below them on the elephant's neck.

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