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Relief Panel

Relief Panel
ca. 8th century (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Frieze depicting a Saiva Gana. Ganas, the traditional attendants of the Hindu deity Siva, are recognizable by their obese and often coarse features. They are usually depicted at the base of structures, their squat figures providing Atlas-like support to the building above. The gana, like the grotesque in medieval European art, provided the artist with a rare opportunity for caricature and whimsical invention.


object details
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Limestone
Brief Description
Relief depicting a Saiva Gana, limestone, ca 8th century, Nepal.
Physical Description
Frieze depicting a Saiva Gana. Ganas, the traditional attendants of the Hindu deity Siva, are recognizable by their obese and often coarse features. They are usually depicted at the base of structures, their squat figures providing Atlas-like support to the building above. The gana, like the grotesque in medieval European art, provided the artist with a rare opportunity for caricature and whimsical invention.
Object history
Gifted by Mary and Douglas Barrett
Production
Probably from Deo Patan, Nepal
Collection
Accession Number
IS.145-1986

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record createdSeptember 20, 2007
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