Attendant to a Hindu God Artist: Unknown

10th–early 11th century

Asian Art

On view, 2nd floor, Asian Art

The frontal posture of this figure and its raised right hand, which holds an offering, indicate that it served as an attendant to an important Hindu god such as Shiva or Vishnu. The lowered left hand suggests that it would have once stood to the right of the primary icon, with another comparable attendant placed at the left.




35 3/4 × 9 3/4 × 5 1/2 in. (90.81 × 24.77 × 13.97 cm)
without tang: 27 1/2 in. (69.85 cm)
base: 9 × 8 1/4 × 7 1/8 in. (22.86 × 20.96 × 18.1 cm)

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Lent by Michael de Havenon, B.A. 1962, and Georgia de Havenon

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Chola period (ca. 850–1275)


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David Swope (1941–2018), Ossining, New York, by 2011 [see note 1]; sold to Michael and Georgia de Havenon, New York, April 9, 2011; on loan to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2017–

Note 1: David Swope joined the Peace Corps and lived for two and a half years in India in the 1960s; forming a life-long love of India and Indian art, he visited India often.
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