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Antique Bronze Figure of a Female Deity - probably Manasa

Antique Bronze Deity - Manasa

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Antique Bronze Deity - Manasa
Antique Bronze Deity - Manasa

Antique Bronze Deity - Manasa
Antique Bronze Deity - Manasa

Antique Bronze Deity - Manasa
Antique Bronze Deity - Manasa

Antique Bronze Deity - Manasa


The buxom figure holding aloft a conical object in her right hand whilst clasping a snake in her lowered left.

Her hair in a chignon to the top and rear and wearing large hooped earrings and a beaded necklace.

Standing on a lotus pedestal above a tiered rectangular
raised base.


Separate mandorla fitting missing
All-over wear

Measures 3 3/8" ( 8.5 cm )


This bronze suggests a representation of Manasa (pronounced "Manesha"), the Hindu folk goddess of snakes & agriculture.

Most often portrayed covered in snakes around her body and head, she is also depicted with one eye, the result of being burnt by her stepmother, Shiva's wife Chandi.

This bronze can be seen to show both these attributes, if somewhat stylised, although the lack of a left eye could be a result of handling wear, as opposed to an intentional addition.

As a deity, Manasa Devi is most often worshiped in temples of West Bengal and is believed to offer protection from snakebites.

She is also known as the destroyer of poison and a bestower of fertility and prosperity.



Item no; I-170308-1
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