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Tantric form of Devi: Tripura Sundari. Mewar, circa 1820-40. Opaque watercolour on warqa. 13.1 x 10.3cm

The Tantric goddess Tripurasundari ('One who is renowned in the three realms for her beauty') or Shodashi ('the maiden who is sixteen years of age'). At either side of her are Gorabhairava (the fair Bhairava) and Kalabhairava (the dark Bhairava) . The throne/bed's legs are formed of figures similar to Shiva - which represents a Tantric principle and it is possible that the bed has nuptial connotations - this arrangement represents a variation of the 'Sri Yantra' diagram. The motif of 'manidveepa' ( the island of jewels and pearls) is commonly used when describing the abodes of tantric goddesses.

I would like to express my thanks to Tarun Pant for kindly providing the above information.

Ref: Mewar Tripura Sundari 25811

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