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Image of Shri Devi

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Shri Devi

Creation date: ca. 1100
Creation place: India

Other Information

Type: Bronze Sculpture
Medium and Support: Bronze
Credit Line: Museum purchase with funds provided by the Beatrice Lynds Bequest
Accession Number: 2004.3
State/Province: Tamil Nadu
Dimensions: 28 in. x 11 1/2 in. x 7 1/2 in. (71.12 cm x 29.21 cm x 19.05 cm)
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Cynthia Elden, New York, New York ( - May 20, 2004)

Stella Kramrisch, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ( - )

Makler, ( - )

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (May 20, 2004 - )

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04/14/2017 Diana Chou
The goddess Shri Devi is the consort of Vishnu, and is the personification of prosperity, abundance, and good fortune. She is depicted in the form of an idealized young mother whose breasts are bound with the distinctive band typical of South India. Originally she would have formed part of a group of sculptures with Vishnu at the center and the other consort, Bhu Devi, on the other side of Vishnu.
When this image was paraded on a chariot for festivals, a lotus flower would have been placed in her left hand, and earrings inserted in her ears.
Last Updated: 8/26/2022


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Temple Palace and Mosque Rotations San Diego Museum of Art , 8/16/2010 - 00/00/00

Arts of South and Southeast Asia 2nd to 16th Century , 6/16/2014 - 12/14/2014

Arts of South and Southeast Asia 2nd - 6th century The San Diego Museum of Art , 12/20/2014 - 00/00/00

Arts of South and Southeast Asia The San Diego Museum of Art , 1/20/2017 - 00/00/00

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