A STONE FIGURE OF VARAHI
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A STONE FIGURE OF VARAHI

SOUTH INDIA, PALLAVA PERIOD, 8TH CENTURY

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A STONE FIGURE OF VARAHI
SOUTH INDIA, PALLAVA PERIOD, 8th CENTURY
The boar-faced goddess seated in lalitasana with her right hand in abhayamudra and her left in varadamudra, wearing a long dhoti secured at the waist with a sash, wearing a foliate armband, sacred thread, necklaces, large earrings and a band across the breasts, the face finely modeled with a conical crown, the proper upper left hand holding a conch
29 1/8 in. (74 cm.) high
Provenance
Private Collection, Chennai, before 2007
Private Collection, Delhi
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Lot Essay

This figure of Varahi originally belonged to a set of seven goddesses, known as the Sapta Matrika or "Seven Mothers," comprising Brahmani, Maheshvari, Kaumari, Vaishnavi, Varahi, Indrani, and Chamunda. Each goddess is the divine female counterpart to a principal male god of the Vedic and Hindu pantheon; she is equally a singular and prominent deity who simultaneously embodies the benign and ferocious aspects of the divine mother. Varahi is the female counterpart to Vishnu's manifestation as the boar-headed god Varaha. Interestingly, Varahi is the only counterpart to an incarnation of a deity rather than the deity himself. Her inclusion may suggest that, like Skanda, Bhairava, and many local goddesses, she held a degree of independence in South India before being incorporated into Shaivism.
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