A superfine bronze of the Hoysala period. Refers to the art-loving ruling dynasty of the 10th through 14th centuries, under whose patronisation flourished the great bronze sculptures of the South. The work that you see on this page is a contemporary reproduction of the iconography and aesthetics of those times.
It depicts the rare dancing Sarasvati. While She strums on the veena in Her anterior hands, Her feet are in the dancing stance: knees bent outwards, the left foot turned outwards, and the right one raised at a sharp angle above it. The slender dancing figure, however, comprises just half the stature of the composition.
Underneath is an upturned lotus pedestal and a lotus-petal plinth with hollow petals. A pair of ashvayali on either side, from the tops of which rises an elongated Kirtimukham archway in true Hoysala style.
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