Led by Prof. Vidya Dehejia, Columbia University
The focus of the Indian sculptural tradition has always been the human body, elegantly poised and sensuous, and this preoccupation extends to the divine realm as well. Even more puzzling are the many images found across the length and breadth of the country that portray god and goddess seated in loving intimacy, with the god's arm cupping his consort’s breast and often with his fingers turning her face towards him. Using the evidence of inscriptions, literary sources, and the hymns of saints and acharyas, this talk explores this apparent paradox of sacred and sensuous.
Part of the 2019/20 History of Art Research Seminar Series