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Mother Goddess with Child

Mother Goddess with Child, c. 600

India: Uttar Pradesh, 575-625
overall: 29 1/2 x 22 1/4 x 6 in. (74.93 x 56.51 x 15.24 cm)
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This image of a goddess belonging to the Hindu pantheon portrays her both as a protector deity and a nurturing mother. Hence, she carries a sword with one hand and a child with the other. Interestingly, the small child pulls on a string of pearls around her neck.

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