The sensuous divine

Dara Mayers - 09/20/2019

In Hinduism the worship of the mother goddess goes back millennia. And the iconography is so powerful, so sensuous—so wholly unlike Judeo-Christian religious imagery—that looking at these goddesses can alter one’s conception of womanhood, and religion itself.

It is said that the mere touch of a Yakshi could cause a fruit tree to instantly bloom. In this glorious 11th century Yakshi, carved from buff sandstone, the celestial maiden dances amidst flowers. She radiates Shakti, the divine feminine creative power that, in Hinduism, is the agent of creation and of all change. Life bursts forth, around and from her.

In this medieval Parvati, carved into granite, the sensuous divine is evident. She stands with ample bosom, her weight on her right hip in a graceful curve. She symbolizes divine strength and power, yet is as delicate and refined as the lotus blossom she holds. You can feel the Shakti flowing through her.

These sculptures make us want to bow down in worship of the goddess. Click below to bring some Shakti into your life.


Dara Mayers, Associate Director

12342. Indian Sandstone Figure of a Yakshi Central India; circa 11th to 12th century ADCarved from a buff sandstone, this celestial maiden with sheer garments and full bosom has a leg raised in mid-dance. Above her, a sal tree with climbing monkeys. It was said that the mere touch of a Yakshi could cause a fruit tree to instantly bloom. Size:  33-1/2 (85cm) high, excluding base. Provenance: Boston, MA Collection.

13448. Indian Black Stone Stele of Uma Maheshvara, 

Pala Dynasty, Bihar, Gaya District, Ca 11th century AD.  Uma and Maheshvara, that is Shiva and his bride Parvati.  Although they are set  against an aureole, the sensitivity of the artist is evident in the high relief and angular contortions of the seated couple, whose rhythms of form echo each other harmonously. Size: 20-1/2 inches H. + custom mount.  Ex Collection New York, NY
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13576. Indian Granite Stone Figure of Lakshmi South India, Tamil Nadu, Vijayanagar Period, Ca 14th to 15th century AD. A well carved hard stone depiction of the multi armed Hindu goddess wearing crown, sheer garments and holding attributes. Size: 43 inches H.   Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity, both material and spiritual. Ex Collection Westchester NY

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