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Terence McInerney Fine Arts Ltd.
The fearsome goddess Kali, the "Dark One," is dressed in splendid garments, adorned with jewels and framed by a halo of fiery brilliance. An image of both destruction and beneficence, she brandishes a variety of weapons, but in one of her eight hands holds a lotus flower, a symbol of grace and purity. Standing upon a prostrate male, Kali is visualized as the supreme Shakti, or female force. In recognition of Kali's immense power, the three principal gods of Hinduism--Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva--stand in subservient devotion.
Basohli artists created a unique female type with rounded faces and predatory eyes. Typical of the Basohli style is the use of raised white paint to accentuate pearl ornaments and beetle wings to suggest emeralds. Also characteristic are the rich, bold colors.
- Published References
- Thomas Lawton Thomas W. Lentz. Beyond the Legacy: Anniversary Acquisitions for the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. vol. 1 Washington, 1998. p. 190, fig. 1.
- Vidya Dehejia Thomas Coburn. Devi: The Great Goddess: Female Divinity in South Asian Art. Exh. cat. Washington, 1999. p. 127, fig. 2.
- Calendar of Exhibitions. vol. 16, no. 7 Hong Kong, July 1985. p. 62.
- foreward by Pupul Jayakar. Festival of India in the United States, 1985-1986. New York. p. 64.
- The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History. 4 vols., Oxford and New York. .
- Report from America (East Coast). New Series, vol. 31, no. 2, Summer 1985. p. 203.
- Collection Area(s)
- South Asian and Himalayan Art
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