Agni, God of Fire

c. 1000
Overall: 73 x 40.6 cm (28 3/4 x 16 in.)
Location: not on view
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This sculpture is on the cover of the Penguin Classics edition of the Hindu "Laws of Manu."


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."
Agni, God of Fire

Agni, God of Fire

c. 1000

India, Uttar Pradesh

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