A Holy Man from Devgarh
Artist/maker unknown, Indian
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The artist has lovingly illustrated all the important features of this Brahmin priest. Every detail-from his tonsured head to the vertical, white marks on his forehead that indicate his allegiance to Vishnu-identifies his calling. He rests his thick, hairy arms on a short staff with carved bird-head handles. His traditional pink-orange wrap accentuates rather than hides the curves of his portly body. The inscription identifies the priest as coming from Devgarh (Deogarh), a small principality west of Kota.