Lot 1441: Indian Hindu Terracotta Head
December 8, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 8th-9th century AD. A terracotta grotesque face of the goddess Chamunda on a D-shaped background, with protruding lentoid eyes, small nose, lips parted, hatched and scallopped hair; mounted on a custom-made stand. 628 grams, 12.5cm (5"). Ex central London collection; acquired in London, UK, in the early 1980s. The head is of the goddess Chamunda, an aspect of the goddess Kali as the destructive power of the Mother Goddess and she is usually depicted as an emaciated and frightening figure with up to six arms. Chamunda is one of only a few Hindu goddesses to be worshipped independently of other deities, especially male ones. Her cult can be traced back to the 5th century AD and she is commonly seen as one of the eighty-one goddesses who manifested from the goddess Durga during a battle with the demons. She is still popular today and has many temples across India, most notably the Chamundeshwari Temple in Mysore.
Condition Report: Fine condition.