Hariti and Panchika

ca. 2nd century C.E.

Indian Museum, Kolkata

Indian Museum, Kolkata

A fragment of intricate carvings the relief shows a nude boy (head broken off) standing with up-stretched arms between Hariti and Panchika. Panchika (head mutilated) is clad in short-drawers and with a cloth thrown loosely over his shoulder, falling in folds to his knees. Hariti, however, is draped, but with a loose garment that shows the outline of a well-formed figure, while her beautifully carved face has an expression of deep melancholy. The garment thrown over her shoulders falls in folds to her knees, but is held up gracefully in her left hand, while in her right she has apparently supported the folds of her husband’s upper garment falling over her left arm which rests on her shoulder. The hair of Hariti is divided in the middle in many folds and twisted in a great coronet round her head; her ears are decorated with many leaf-like ornaments.

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  • Title: Hariti and Panchika
  • Date: ca. 2nd century C.E.
  • Location: Indian Museum, Kolkata
  • Physical Dimensions: Schist stone, 30.3x24.5x10.9cm.
  • Provenance: Jamalgarhi (North-West part of undivided India)
  • Type: Sclupture