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Standing Female Figure

Artist: Unknown Indian
19th century
Dimensions: 21 x 8 in. (53.34 x 20.32 cm)
Object Type: Statuette
Creation Place: Asia, India
Medium and Support: Carved wood, with white paint
Credit Line: Gift of the Estate of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Fass
Accession Number: 2018.13.01
On View: Bellarmine Hall Galleries

This statue is likely a representation of the Hindu goddess Ganguar (“the white one”). As part of a popular annual festival linked to the marriage of young women, statues of Ganguar and her husband, Isa, were paraded through the streets. Each locally-made statue of the goddess received a new coat of white paint each year, as well as new clothing and vermillion for her hair (signaling her married status).


Purchased at auction by Jacob Fass (1960s); 2003 gift to Fairfield University.


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