In the Hindu Devi pantheon, a certain characteristic is common to all the deities. The quintessence of the Hindu Devi lies in a maternal quality. She is a limitless trove of compassion and blessing. Her youth and strength are eternal and, as such, She is the repository of life itself. There is enduring beauty and serenity in Her being, often in harmony with the likes of wrath and ferocity.
The wall-hanging mask that you see on this page captures with perfection the beauteous and serene aspect of the generic Hindu Devi. A full face set with sharp, distinctively youthful features. Beneath that brow shaped like the flaying wings of the mighty albatross are oceans of wisdom and compassion. Semblance of a third golaka (organ) of vision on Her temple, indicative of Her divine yogic prowess. Every Hindu Devi is said to be a remotely constituent aspect of the great Parvati Herself, resident of the mortally unattainable Himalayan reaches, who is the first and finest student of yoga.
A tall crown sits on the head of the Devi mask. Each of its tears are characterised by dense engravings. A layered petal of the lotus flower is embossed down its front, which complements the shape of the Devi’s face. The crown extends down the sides of the face and neck which, together with the karnakundalas, frame its irresistible loveliness.
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