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10th - 11th Century AD
Size: 41.5cm high, 40cm wide, 21cm deep - 16¼ ins high, 15¾ ins wide, 8¼ ins deep
Ex collection The Late Bruno Cooper
Thence By Descent
The door guardians, ‘Makaras’ are fantastical mythical aquatic creatures that combine the body of a crocodile with the head of a lion and the trunk of an elephant. An ancient symbol in India they are considered by the Hindu’s to be auspicious and purifying. Related to a fertility cult the ‘Makara’ is the vehicle of ‘Varuna’, god of the waters of heaven and earth and is the emblem of ‘Yama’, the god of love. The combination of a beautiful jewelled, near naked swaying woman and a musician with sharply incised detail of costume issuing from the mouths of the Makaras portrays an image of pronounced sensuality, and ensures a protective auspiciousness for the small shrine.