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An Ascetic Shaiva Deity
English: The elaborate hairdo and the strap that helps to keep his legs in position identify this figure as a yogi and an ascetic. He sits on a cushion with his legs crossed at the ankles. His large, bulging eyes, too, are signifiers of the inner heat of a powerful yogi. He has a well-groomed beard and moustache, both of which are standard features of royal portraits in Madhya Pradesh sculptures. However, he is completely devoid of any ornament and wears only a narrow sash tied diagonally across his torso. Nevertheless, his elongated earlobes, as one sees in Buddhist images, and the four arms indicate that he is a deity.
Date between circa 1000 and circa 1200
date QS:P571,+1500-00-00T00:00:00Z/6,P1319,+1000-00-00T00:00:00Z/9,P1326,+1200-00-00T00:00:00Z/9,P1480,Q5727902
Medium pink sandstone
Dimensions Height: 59.1 cm (23.2 ″); Width: 40.6 cm (15.9 ″); Depth: 25.4 cm (10 ″)
dimensions QS:P2048,59.1U174728;P2049,40.6U174728;P5524,25.4U174728
institution QS:P195,Q210081
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Place of creation Madhya Pradesh
Object history
  • Doris Weiner Gallery, New York, New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]
  • Sale, Sotheby's, New York, New York, June 17, 1993, sale no. 6440, lot 85
  • John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore, 1993, by purchase
  • : given to Walters Art Museum
Exhibition history Desire and Devotion: Art from India, Nepal, and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque. 2001-2003.
Credit line gift of John and Berthe Ford,
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