Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Goddess
17th–18th century
Nepal
Gilt bronze with turquoise and semi-precious stones
H: 34; W: 24.5; D: 20.5 cm
Gift of Ruth Jacobs, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum
Accession number: B85.0368
 
 
With her rich jewelry and elaborate crown, inlayed with semiprecious stones, the goddess is represented as a real and beautiful woman – approachable and sure to grant the supplicant’s requests.

Publications:
Beauty and Sanctity: the Israel Museum at 40. A Series of Exhibitions Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2006

Exhibition:
The Beauty of Sanctity: Masterworks from Every Age, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Spring-Summer 2005

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir