Who is she?

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This carved wood statue has been in our house for many years. I’m not sure where she came from or how she found us, but she has been fun to have around.

But who is she? She’s been unable to identify herself. At first we thought it might be Queen Victoria. She’s wearing a crown and there is a facial resemblance to the long-reigning monarch. But the statue’s frontal protuberances are prettily perky rather than peskily pendulous. She is also standing on but one foot with the other held above it. I doubt that’s something that Queen Victoria could accomplish without the aid of her Lady-in-Waiting-in-Charge-of-Keeping –Her-Upright, and such lady is nowhere to be seen.

The top of the crown is slotted, so might it have been part of a temple column or temple car? Please peruse the photos and share your knowledge about who she is, where she might be from, and how old she might be.

Thanks in advance for your input!
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#2 Aug 1st, 2014, 14:24
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thats an idol of Indian goddess laxmi..if it is no use of you then please ship it back to india
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.if it is no use of you then please ship it back to india
What, as in... Dear India, enclose one idol, which ic currently of no use.... ?

I suspect that Davidx2 are, at the very least, fond of it.

Unless, of course, you think it is one of those genuine antiquities that have been stolen from temples or sacred sites, in which case, more precised ID would be needed, and a more precise address required for its return...
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Really cool Idol. I suggest you take care of it. Thanks for sharing the photos.

Not sure who's Idol is this. Could be the Goddess Laxmi as Sandeep suggested !!
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Originally Posted by sandeep230474 View Post thats an idol of Indian goddess laxmi.
How did you come to conclude that it was indeed Laxmi ? What style would you place this sculpture ? And what era ?

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Are you sure this has colonial antecedents, or even of the indian subcontinent ? Actually, Robert Brown, of UCLA is your man. If you can locate Pratapaditya Pal in LA, that's even better. Los Angeles County Museum of Art has one of the most extensive Indian sculpture collection in your part of the country.
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For some reason she reminds me of a River-Goddess
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The footwork resembles the "at ease" standing posture of classical dancers. There are no accompanying iconography (e.g. an animal / bird associated) so it is unlikely to be any of the goddesses (unless it was part of something bigger and this part broke off - but even then the base looks quite complete). But not quite sure about the proportions - the head is far bigger in comparison to the rest of the body. Doesn't match to any known styles that I am aware of. I would make a wild guess that this is a Devadasi.
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Queen Victoria. I have no doubts.

Middle picture in fourth row.

Facial features, typical english style crown on the head and that long draping on the back confirms that.

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The position of one of the legs and saree like costume in the front suggests there was some sort of artistic experimental fusion with Indian sculptures, and I am not surprised with that, after all she held the title 'Empress of India'.
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How big is the statue? Could it be a table leg? what is she holding?

Somehow we see more pics of Qn V as an elderly widow, and forget that she was a very beautiful young woman.
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The fourth pic, image00022.jpg, gives you an idea of the size relative to the potted plant in the background.

This is a wooden sculpture. Sculpture in India have been integral part of temple architecture. Wood as a material for temples and sculpture was only dominant in south india, and that too for a small time period. Sculpture in India were predominantly in stone and internally bronze. The proportions in Indian sculpture had emphasis to breasts being rounded, and prominence given to the proportion of the neck.

Tell me what style, and tell me what era
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Originally Posted by piyukamath View Post For some reason she reminds me of a River-Goddess
Ganga is normally portrayed mounted on a crocodile.


The back of the statue resembles a crocodile's back. Judging by style and material (wood), this could be a representation of Ganga from the Rajmahal area - the part of Jharkhand that lies on the Ganges.

Another link: http://www.harekrsna.com/philosophy/...rs/makaras.htm


http://www.harekrsna.com/sun/feature...eatures501.htm



This is of course Bishnupur terracotta but the southwestern part of Bengal has strong Santhali/Pahariya influence.
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Seeing as you live in LA, I surmise the sculpture is the end realisation of the strenuous collaborative efforts between the sculptor who created the sets of Indiana Jones the Temple of Doom and one who was a Queen Victoria specialist.

The head and body look like they were separately conceived.
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The head and body look like they were separately conceived.
Just what I thought on seeing the pictures of currently-visiting American, John Kerry in the newspapers today!
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Does his mother know?
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He knows that everyone knows that his mother too knows about he knowing all that is to know.
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