Serpent Deity (Nag Devta I)

Serpent Deity (Nag Devta I)

1979

Mrinalini Mukherjee

(Indian, 1949-2015)

Undyed and dyed hemp rope and fibers; cotton; steel

Overall: 114.3 x 83.8 x 129.5 cm (45 x 33 x 51 in.)

Weight: 35-40 lbs.

Gift of Phyllis Granoff 2016.544

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Mrinalini Mukherjee often worked intuitively to create her hemp textile pieces, without sketches, models, or preparatory drawings.

Description

Mrinalini Mukherjee's array of organic abstract forms evokes human and animal bodies as well as vegetation. Mostly made of knotted hemp fiber, a material and technique traditionally used by village women in rural India, this contemporary sculpture references the serpent deities that have been revered in southern Asia for thousands of years.

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