Standing Four-Armed Brahmani, Goddess of Learning with Musician, Garland-Bearer and Flywisk Holding Attendants and Sacred Goose (Hamsa)
Two opposite facing makara emit arc over halo. Two flying Vidyadhara above shoulders. A seated vina-player and floutist at hips and two standing flywhisk (chauri) bearers standing at knees. Two kneeling attendants at feet. Sacred goose (Hamsa) at proper left (the vehicle of Brahmani). Archetectural fragment

Standing Four-Armed Brahmani, Goddess of Learning with Musician, Garland-Bearer and Flywisk Holding Attendants and Sacred Goose (Hamsa)

Gujarat, India

About 1150

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.

  • Titles Standing Four-Armed Brahmani, Goddess of Learning with Musician, Garland-Bearer and Flywisk 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
  • On View