On-site at the museum
Broken pieces of goddess sculptures that once shared a temple in Tamilnadu, India now sit in different museums across the world. Is this Brahmani figure one of them?
Beautiful and broken pieces of goddess sculptures that once shared a temple in northern Tamilnadu, India sit now in eleven different museums across North America and Western Europe. The Brahmani figure in the Asian Art Museum’s collection may have been one of them. She journeyed with the group to Paris in the 1920’s, and yet she is an older kind of goddess than most of them — a mother goddess rather than a yogini — embodying different concepts of divine female power. Dr. Padma Kaimal will talk about the group and explore whether they once shared a temple.
This program is part of the Asian Art Museum Re-History Series, which critically examines the history of the museum and its collections with consideration of race, colonialism, and power.
Image: Brahmani, approx. 875–950. India; Kanchipuram or Kaveripakkam, Tamil Nadu state Granite, possibly hornfels. Courtesy of the Asian Art Museum, The Avery Brundage Collection, B60S47+.
Co-sponsored with SACHI, Society for Art & Cultural Heritage of India
The Re-History Series is generously supported by Target.
Koret Education Studio, Asian Art Museum