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Hollow bird mounted on a rectangular base. Bird has fluted and incised feathers. There is a comb on its head and tail in flame-like shape. Holds large feather(?) or piece of foliage that curves down in beak. Jewellery around neck.

History Of Use

For use in a small temple or household.

Cultural Context

daily worship

Iconographic Meaning

Represents the mythical swan of Saraswati, goddess of learning and culture; a consort of Vishnu.

Item History

  • Made in India
  • Collected between 1955 and 1973
  • Owned by Victor Hardy before December 11, 1979
  • Received from Victor Hardy (Donor) on December 11, 1979

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