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A Figure of Surya or Sun

1911

Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum

Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum

The worship of Surya or the Sun dates back to early Vedic Age, with hymns dedicated to Surya in the Rig Veda. It was believed that the Sun was carried across the sky everyday on his chariot, pulled by a seven-headed horse. This clay model is based on Surya's description in the ancient Puranas and his iconography was identified with Vishnu in the later Vedic period.

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  • Title: A Figure of Surya or Sun
  • Date: 1911
  • Location: V&A Museum, Bombay
  • Physical Dimensions: L 47.5 cm x W 20 cm x H 36cm
  • Material: Half baked terracotta clay with pigments
  • Gallery: Kamalnayan Bajaj Mumbai Gallery

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