About this object

Gilt copper standing statue of Ardhanari. Ardhanari represents the universal female and male and is a composite of the Goddess Lakshmi and the God Shiva. The figure stands on a tiered platform upon a single lotus pedestal. The figure has eight arms with all attributes in tact. Lakshmi's attributes include the vase of longevity, the mirror to deflect the opponents of Hinduism, the lotus, symbol of purity and the manuscript a sign of wisdom. Shiva's arms hold the lotus, the mace, a weapon to defend Hinduism, the conch shell, the sound or teachings of Hinduism and the discus, a weapon of defence. Several stones are still in place and the figure wears the ornaments of the Hindu Gods.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Southern Asia: Nepal
  • Date made
    1250 - 1350
  • Materials
    Copper; Gilt Metal; Turquoise; Garnet
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the Abbey Art Centre
  • Collector
    John S M Ward
  • Place collected
    Asia: South Eastern Asia: Burma; Asia: Southern Asia: India
  • Date collected
    1914 - 1916
  • Measurements
    320 mm x 170 mm x 110 mm; 12 5/8 in x 6 11/16 in x 4 5/16 in
  • Note
    Curator's comment: Had previously been attributed to the Tibet collection, due to Abbey Art Centre provenance and Father Ward connection.
  • Related people
    Abbey Art Centre (Owner); John S M Ward (Collector)

Where is this object from?

Object view = Humanities
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