Female Attendants

Female Attendants

700s

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Ivory

Overall: 7.5 cm (2 15/16 in.); Base: 2.2 x 2.3 cm (7/8 x 7/8 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1972.35

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Traces of turquoise paint remain on their bodies, suggesting the presence of fabric.

Description

These elegant female figures would have originally been in a portable, wooden shrine with a central ivory depicting the Buddha. One holds a chaurī, or flywhisk, a frequent attribute of attendants, while the one originally on the left holds a lotus. Both display a graceful contraposto (tribhanga). Their rich jewelry contrasts successfully with the softness of their flesh.

See also
Collection: 
Indian Art
Type of artwork: 
Ivory
Medium: 
Ivory

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