Agni, God of Fire

Agni, God of Fire

c. 1000

Sandstone

Overall: 73 x 40.6 cm (28 3/4 x 16 in.)

Edward L. Whittemore Fund 1955.51

Did you know?

This sculpture is on the cover of the Penguin Classics edition of the Hindu "Laws of Manu."

Description

The Hindu god Agni, with flames rising behind him, is the figural form of the sacrificial fire, central to religious practice in India since the early second millennium BC. Agni’s mount is the goat, and together they preside over the Southeast. In the upper registers, Brahmans perform fire sacrifice, preach to disciples, and practice "hot yoga."

See also
Collection: 
Indian Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Sandstone

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