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Tree goddess, Shalabhanjika

chloritic schist
88.5 × 45.8 × 22.5 cm
Place/s of Execution
Karnataka, India
Accession Number
Asian Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1963
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Gallery location
Level 1, NGV International
From Belur, Musore, female figure of a dancer and tree form.

The motif of woman and tree is found in Buddhist, Jain and Hindu art and represents the power of nature in an idealised Indian female form. These religions incorporated pre-existing beliefs in female nature spirits (yakshi) which became semi-divine beings, their images positioned in the temple at points of transition between every day and sacred spaces.