Mother and Child
Title Mother and Child
Accession Number 49.12/4
Museum Name National Museum, New Delhi
Gallery Name Archaeology
Object Type Archaeology
Main Material Brass
Manufacturing Technique Lost wax
Origin Place Sunderban, West Bengal
Period / Year of Work 10th-11th Century AD
Dimensions Ht. 14, Wd. 12.3 cms.
Brief Description Mother and Child on a four-legged rectangular couch. The child is shown lying flat on the back. The mother is reclining on a pillow on her left side supporting her head with the raised left hand. In the right hand, she holds the stalk of a lotus flower. Her hair is arranged into a top- knot. The costume consists of a scarf around the shoulders and a lower garment worn with an elaborate girdle. She wears a tiara, patra-kundalas, necklace, bracelets, etc. A female attendant figure seated on a high seat in the rear right corner with the head bent towards the left foot of the mother. On the rear left corner there is a circular pedestal with a hole in the centre, probably for taking in the chhatra. On the couch in front are depicted seated Ganesha to the proper right and another figure to the proper left. On the front right leg is tapering object and on the front left a kneeling devotee with folded hands. The back-support has an ornamental torana in the middle with foliage on either side. It depicts a full-vase inside and on top, as also a miniature Siva-linga, and floral petals border. The figures are rubbed out. The back bears an inscription in Bengali script.