A compact, handheld sculpture. Devi Mariamman is seated in lalitasana in the mouth of a lotus. She is the chaturbhujadharini, the one possessed of (‘dharini’) four (‘chatur’) arms (‘bhuja’). In Her hands She holds a lotus (posterior right), a conch (posterior left), a long and slender weapon indicative of Her wrathful streak (anterior right), and a bowl (anterior left). From the navel downwards She is clad in a silken dhoti, while a world of shringar graces the youthful, maternal curves of Her upper body. Her attire is a signature element of the iconography of the South.
In addition to the same, other signature elements of Southern workmanship are the angular face set with sharp, handsome features; a tall, tapering crown; and the Kirtimukham aureole that stems straight from the pedestal. A ferocious snake raises its five conjoined hoods above Her crown, another expression of the wrathful streak of Devi Mariamman.
Your email address will not be published *
Send as free online greeting card
Email a Friend