The Hindu Goddess Kali

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The Hindu Goddess Kali

India, Kerala, circa 17th century
Sculpture
Jackwood with traces of paint
41 x 25 x 7 in. (104.14 x 63.5 x 17.78 cm)
Gift of Dr. S. Sanford and Mrs. Charlene S. Kornblum (M.2011.5)
Not currently on public view

Curator Notes

This dramatic wooden seventeenth-century sculpture of The Hindu Goddess Kali from the modern Indian state of Kerala is a major addition to LACMA’s renowned collection of South Asian sculpture....
This dramatic wooden seventeenth-century sculpture of The Hindu Goddess Kali from the modern Indian state of Kerala is a major addition to LACMA’s renowned collection of South Asian sculpture. Not only is it a tour de force of sculptural and iconographic complexity, but it also represents a significant upgrade of our wooden Kerala architectural sculpture. We presently have only one such work in the collection M.85.287), and the soft Jackwood it is carved out of is severely weathered from tropical exposure. The current work is in far better condition and, in fact, is exceptional in the preservation of its projecting symbolic attributes held in the goddess’ eight hands and in the crispness of the figure’s elaborate ornamentation. (Stephen Markel, The Harry and Yvonne Lenart Curator and Department Head of South and Southeast Asian Art)
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