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  • Place of origin:

    Tamil Nadu (made)

  • Date:

    10th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

The Goddess Bhu Devi (Gauri), the shakti of the god Shiva, standing in the slightly flexed or abhanga pose. The right hand holds a blue lotus bud (nilotpala) in kataka mudra; the left arm is extended in lola hasta. The figure wears a coronet (karanda makuta), and the siras cakra ( disc behind the head) is small and flower-like, now partly broken. The lower garment is worn with girdle and sash, the former comparatively plain and the latter with projecting bows at the hips. Other details include a channavira-type harness, keyura armlets, elbow bracelets with conspicuous projecting ornaments, extended ear lobes without pendants, and padasaras on the feet. A marriage symbol (tali) is worn above the three necklaces. The image is crudely riveted to its lotus pedestal, and saw-marks around the rim of the pedestal confirm that the present method of junction is not the original one. The base has projecting rings for processional carrying. Traces of encrusted carbonate matter in surface crevices indicate a period of earth burial.

Place of Origin

Tamil Nadu (made)


10th century (made)



Materials and Techniques



Height: 48 cm

Object history note

Formed part of an important collection, belonging to Herbert Bradley (C.S.I., Barr. (1878), I.C.S., Member of Ligislative Council of Madras) and was sold to the V&A by his widow, Mrs. Lilian S.Bradley in 1924 for £10.

Descriptive line

Standing figure of Bhu Devi, bronze, Tamil Nadu, 10th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

R.Nagaswamy. " Kongu Bronzes in the V&A Museum," Lait Kala, nos.13-14, 1967-69, fig.2.
pl. 8
Irwin, John C., Indian Art, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: H. M. Stationery Office, 1968

Production Note

probably Tanjore area, South India.


Cire perdue process


Sculpture; Bronze; Metalwork


South & South East Asia Collection

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