Polychrome wood statuette representing Guari (Parvati).
Celebrated during the Gangaur festivals, this statuette of the goddess Gauri has a very fine polychrome depicting the incarnations and traditional costume. “Gana” is a synonym of the god Shiva and “Gauri” and “gaur” for the goddess Parvati, divine wife of Shiva.
Gangaur is one of the most popular festivals in Rajasthan. It takes place annually starting with chaitra and continues (March-April). The Ganguar festival is especially celebrated by women, first in their homes then parades where richly clothed statuettes are affixed to small tables and carried on their heads.
The women celebrate hoping to marry the ideal man. Meanwhile married women hope to continue marital bliss and formulate healthy vows for their husbands.
Northern India, Rajasthan, 19th-Early 20th Century
Height: 105 cm (3-1/2 ft.).
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