Clay Votive Temple Tile depicting the Deity Manasa West Bengal India 13th-16th Century
|Size||18cm x 10.5cm & 5.5cm thick|
This beautiful old clay votive architectural tile was from West Bengal Province in India, it was purchased in the 1960s in Bangladesh. Depicting the deity Manasa, Goddess of Snakes. Dating from the 13 th-16th Century. Manasa protects from snakebites and all other poisons as well as bring about success in all worldly affairs. She is one of the most popular deities in Bengal. She is shown with a canopy of seven cobras protecting her and making the gesture of fearlessness.
In India’s, West Bengal they made a speciality of terracotta temples, with the sculpted decoration from the same material as the main brick construction.
Terracotta tiles have a long history in many parts of the world. Many ancient and traditional architectural styles included more elaborate sculptural elements than the plain roof tiles, such as Chinese Imperial roof decoration and the antefix of western classical architecture.
The soft colour on this artwork adds a lot to its presence. It’s in good condition except for a couple of very small chips as clearly seen in the photo just under the left knee and it does not disturb the balance of the artwork.
Provenance: The Todd Barlin Collection of Asian Art
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