The Goddess of knowledge, poetry, and learning, Sarasvati is a particularly popular deity in the Jain religion in west and central India. Jains believe that an immortal and indestructible soul resides in every living thing, no matter how small. For the Jains human existence is a continuous cycle of life, death, and rebirth that is governed by karma, the results of all past deeds and actions.
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- Titles Standing Four-Armed Saraswati, Goddess of Wisdome and Learning with Musician, Garland-Bearer and Flywhisk Holding Attendants and Sacred Goose (Hamsa) (Proper)
- Medium marble with traces of color
- Dimensions 48 x 18 5/8 x 11 1/2 in. (121.9 x 47.3 x 29.2 cm)
- Credit Line Gift of Eivor and Alston Callahan, 2003.21
- Work Type sculpture
- Classification Sculpture
- Inscription Inscribed on base [illegible]
- Provenance Gujarat, India. Eivor and Alston Callahan, Birmingham, Alabama; 2003 gift to the Birmingham Museum of Art