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Mother Goddess
Title Mother Goddess
Museum Name Archaeological Survey of India, NagarjunaKonda
Gallery Name Gallery-01
Object Type Sculpture
Main Material Lime stone
Provenance Nagarjunakonda valley,Guntur district,Andhra pradesh
Find Place Nagarjunakonda valley,Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh
Style Nagarjunakonda art.
School Late phase of Amaravathi school
Patron/Dynasty Ikshvakus
Period / Year of Work C. 3rd/4th century CE
Inscription There is a single line Prakrit Inscription in Brahmi characters of third century AD engraved on the narrow strip of space at the bottom of the sculpture (partly covered by the pedestal). It records that the figure was caused to be made by Mahadevi Khamduvula who was an avidhava (whose husband was alive) and a Jivaputa (whose sons were alive) and whose husband is Maharaja Siri Ehuvula Chamtamula.
Dimensions 78 X 132 X 11 cm
Detailed Description This unique inscribed sculpture was found in Site-127 along the slopes of the hillock overlooking the river Krishna. The sculpture depicts a female figure from belly downwards, in a squatting position with her legs set wide apart but doubled up with soles of the feet fully exhibited. Most significant aspect, however, is the visual articulation of the yoni- dvara. The diety is profusely ornamented with elaborate nupura (anklet) and a mekihala (girdle) studded with pearls or beads of semi precious stones. The distant belly girdled by ornate mekhala verily resembles a purna-ghata decorated with flower garlands. There is a single line Prakrit Inscription in Brahmi characters of third century AD engraved on the narrow strip of space at the bottom of the sculpture (partly covered by the pedestal). It records that the figure was caused to be made by Mahadevi Khamduvula who was an avidhava (whose husband was alive) and a Jivaputa (whose sons were alive) and whose husband is Maharaja Siri Ehuvula Chamtamula. This peculiar iconic form, typical of the Deccan, even in terracotta medium, represents a widely prevalent fertility cult associated with conference of longevity to the lady worshipper's husband and offspring's as attested by the inscription too.
Brief Description Lime Stone- Image of the Mother Goddess with inscription below. Mended.