This is one of the outstanding early terracotta figurines of mother goddess made in grey ware and seated on a round wicker-stool with legs hanging down. She is shown with a child held on her lap. The face is moulded but all other parts and ornaments are hand modelled and appliqué. Her head-dress is decorated with a series of floral discs in the Maurya-Sunga style. She wears heavy coiled earrings and her skirt is decorated with punch circlets. The figure is bold, self-assured and earth bound. This image is supposed to have been worship-ped as a deity who bestows on her worshippers all kinds of prosperity.


  • Title: Mother Goddess
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 300 BC - 200 BC
  • Location: Mathura, India
  • Physical Dimensions: h183 cm (without cover)
  • Type: Statue
  • Rights: National Museum, Janpath, New Delhi, National Museum
  • Style: Mauryan Art
  • Place Part Of: India

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