Devadasi is a term used in India to refer to women who, according to Hindu religious practice, are given to the deity of a temple “to marry”. The rite has been documented in detail since the 10th century. This practice is still partly present in some areas of southern India. The word devadasi means "servant of God." Many girls living in the poorest regions of India are destined by their parents to become devadasi. However, once they become adults they are sold, thus becoming an important source of income for the family.
According to tradition, Devadasi were originally trained in prayer, dance and music; they could bless and eliminate evil eye, they were often courtiers, but with a freedom much greater than that of other women. Today these girls are deprived of a normal sentimental life (they cannot marry). Several women are rebelling and organizing in a movement with the aim of raising awareness of families and helping those who wish to abandon this condition.
The sculpture was made to be mounted on a processional wagon and admired from below. This explains the disproportion of the upper limbs compared to the lower limbs. Looking at the figure from below, in fact, the devadasi appears well proportioned and graceful in anatomical forms. The sculpture has a fabric core that adheres to the wood covering it and on which the external decoration was applied.
Below the various layers of colour and the most recent golden purpurin are the original gilding and silvering.
In an original state of preservation and with some lack of pigment that does not compromise the beauty of the sculpture.
57 x 24 x 20 cm (including base)
- Nombre total d’articles
- Sculpture de dévotion
- Début du XXe siècle
- Région/Pays d’origine
- Titre de l’œuvre d’art
- Grande scultura di Devadasi, la 'serva di dio'
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- 57×24×20 cm