Ja­gadeva

Los Angeles Times - - LACMA AT 50 -

“God­dess Saras­vati,” 1153 (1986)

Few me­dieval In­dian sculp­tures are signed and dated, but this slen­der, volup­tuous, pearl-bedecked Jain god­dess of learn­ing is: An in­scrip­tion on the base tells us it was com­mis­sioned by a noble­man and carved by Ja­gadeva to re­place a dam­aged tem­ple sculp­ture. From a mod­ern West­ern per­spec­tive, it’s fan­tas­tic to see knowl­edge por­trayed as a se­ri­ously erotic woman rather than just a car­toon­ish sexy school­teacher.

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