Detail View: The AMICA Library: Posthumous Portrait of a queen as Parvati

AMICA ID: 
MMA_.2001.407
AMICA Library Year: 
2002
Object Type: 
Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Description: 

Kings and queens were believed to have a divine origin, being human incarnations of gods on earth. When they died, they were thought to be reunited with the deity from whom they originated.

Posthumous commemorative royal portraits such as this one represent that moment coinciding with death when the temporal ruler is reintegrated with the original deity. In this case, an historical queen, whose identity is currently unknown to us, is depicted as the Hindu goddess Parvati, the consort of Shiva. She stands on Shiva's vehicle, the bull Nandi, and is flanked by her two children. Standing in an unusual yogic pose is Ganesha, the pot-bellied, elephant-headed god who controls obstacles and, seated, Karttikeya, the god of war and general of the army of the gods .

Creator Nationality: 
Asian; Southeast Asian; Indonesian; Javanese
Creator Dates/Places: 
Indonesia (Java)
Creator Name-CRT: 
Indonesia (Java)
Title: 
Posthumous Portrait of a queen as Parvati
View: 
Principal view
Creation Date: 
Eastern Javanese period, ca. early 14th century
Creation Start Date: 
1300
Creation End Date: 
1333
Materials and Techniques: 
Andesite
Dimensions: 
H. 6 ft. 8 in. (203.2 cm)
AMICA Contributor: 
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: 
New York, New York
ID Number: 
2001.407
Credit Line: 
Purchase, 2001 Benefit Fund, 2001
Copyright: 
Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
Rights: 
Related Image Identifier Link: 
MMA_.h1_2001.407.tif