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Model of a Sacred Temple named ‘Shikhara’ Guarded by a Pair of ‘Makaras’ with a Musician and Dancing Female Attendant

10-11th Century

Madhya Pradesh

yellow sandstone

H41,5cm x L40cm x D21cm

The door guardians, ‘Makaras’ are fantastical mythical aquatic creatures that combine the body of a crocodile with the head of a lion and the trunk of an elephant. An ancient symbol in India they are considered by the Hindu’s to be auspicious and purifying. The combination of a beautiful jewelled, near naked swaying woman and a musician with sharply incised detail of costume issuing from the mouths of the Makaras portrays an image of pronounced sensuality, and ensures a protective auspiciousness for the small shrine.

Ex Simon Ray 2008 Ex collection The Late Bruno Cooper Thence By Descent

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