Ahalya Shapa Vimochana

Unknown maker

  • Date: Early 20th century
  • Dimensions: H. 20 cm, W. 18.5 cm, D. 13cm
  • Medium: Polychrome enameled porcelain
  • Museum number: SCU.00015

A molded and enameled porcelain group depicting the scene of Ahalya Shapa Vimochana (‘removal of curse’) from the epic, Ramayana.

According to the mythology, the king of the Devas, Indra, was fascinated with the sage Gautama’s wife, Ahalya, and seduced her through trickery. Gautama punished Ahalya and Indra both for this act, turning Ahalya into stone, and cursing Indra with one thousand female genitals (Sahasrayoni). Later, taking pity on them both, Gautama modified their curses. Ahalya would be brought back to human form by the touch of the feet of Lord Rama (Lord Vishnu) so she could reunite with her husband, while Indra’s yonis were converted to eyes (Sahasraksha). In this porcelain model Ahalya, recently brought back to life, kneels before Lord Rama, his brother, Lakshmana, and the sage, Vishwamitra, who is traveling with the two gods.

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