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Two Beautiful Women (Surasundari) Dressing with an Attendant

A work made of sandstone.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of sandstone.

Date:

10th/11th century

Artist:

India
Madhya Pradesh

About this artwork

This sculpture of semidivine women, likely intended for the exterior of a temple, illustrates how the sacred and the sensuous are intertwined in Hinduism. Such figures of female abundance—with full breasts and wide hips, wearing heavy jewelry—are associated with fertility and prosperity. These women are engaged in adorning themselves: one uses a mirror to apply vermilion to the part atop her head, and another wrings water from her long hair. Their idealized forms infused the temple and surrounding land with vitality, linking external and spiritual beauty as pathways to the divine.

Status

On View, Gallery 141

Department

Arts of Asia

Title

Two Beautiful Women (Surasundari) Dressing with an Attendant

Place

Madhya Pradesh (Object made in)

Date

901 CE–1100

Medium

Sandstone

Dimensions

48.1 x 29.9 x 14.4 cm (19 x 11 3/4 x 5 11/16 in.)

Credit Line

James W. and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection. Gift of Marilynn Alsdorf

Reference Number

2021.205

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