Pediment with the Face of Glory (Kirti-mukha)

c. 1000s
Overall: 50.8 x 94 cm (20 x 37 in.)
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Irises and pupils have been lightly incised into the bulging eyes.


Throughout India, sculptures of horned mythic beasts spewing stylized foliage were built into temples, above the entryways, in line with the sanctum. Known as the “face (mukha) of glory (kirti),” the protective mask emanates divine energy from the heart of the temple. The scrolling vegetation flowing from the mouth visually references the unending bounty and success that derives from worship and devotions.
Pediment with the Face of Glory (Kirti-mukha)

Pediment with the Face of Glory (Kirti-mukha)

c. 1000s

Northern India

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