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Ambika, The Attendant Yaksi of Neminatha
Title Ambika, The Attendant Yaksi of Neminatha
Title2 Ambika, The Attendant Yaksi of Neminatha
Museum Name Allahabad Museum, Allahabad
Gallery Name Medieval Sculpture
Object Type Sculpture
Main Material Stone
Component Material II Stone
Component Material III Stone
Manufacturing Technique NA
Main Artist Not Known
Artist's Nationality Indian
Artist's Life Date / Bio Data Not Known
Author NA
Country India
Provenance NA
Origin Place Satna, Madhya Pradesh.
Find Place Satna, Madhya Pradesh.
Scribe NA
Style Late Medieval
School NA
Patron/Dynasty Late Medieval
Period / Year of Work C.11th Century CE
Inscription No
Tribe NA
Costume NA
Culture NA
Dimensions 170 x 99 cm
Detailed Description The image was originally housed in a small shrine known as the temple of Patian Dai, about six miles from Satna. The Goddess, all of her four arms broken, stands on a small rectangular pedestal the dado of which is carved with a simple lotus flanked by a worshipper and a seated Divinity holding a club (?) and a serpent. Ambika wears the usual elaborate jewellery characteristic of this period including anklets well up on the calves, a girdle with pendant bells, and a karandamukuta. The hair is done in a large bun which rests over the right shoulder; the halo consists of a stellate lotus flower. Above her head was carved the foliage of a mango tree, now missing. She is attended by two youths, the one to her right riding a lion, the other waving a chauri. At their feet are damaged figures of a male and a female devotee, seated on lotuses, and flanked by two four- armed Goddesses. Those to the extreme left and right are labeled Prajapati and Vajrasamkala respectively. Of the other two, the one on the left carriers a discus, and the one on the right is accompanied by an elephant. Below them, in narrow panels, are the Aagrahas, four on either side. The pilasters flanking the Goddess are divided into several compartments, each topped by an arched niche, and all filled with representations of attendant Goddesses, each one of them identified by a label. Thus, on the left, from top to bottom we have, Jaya, Anantamati, Vairota, Gauri, Mahakali, Kali, and Pusadadhi, on the right Aparajita, Mahamunusi, Anantamati, Gandhdri, Manusi, Jalamalini, and Manuja. In the niches between the pilasters are more Goddesses, identified from left to right as Vahurupini, Camunda, Sarasati, Padumavati, and Vijaya. On the top, in the central niche, is the seated Neminatha, identified by the conch carved below his legs and flanked by two seated and two standing Jinas. The narrow recesses at the edges contain images of the various Jinas, the usual vyalas, and also makara heads on which are seated tiny male figures carrying offerings in a pot.
Brief Description The image is known as Ambika.