The Hindu Diety Parvati 1050 -1100 Bihar India - Chlorite Stone about 48" high
Detail showing Ganesha
OK, I passed my first Asian Art Museum docent training test. When I opened the test, I looked at a 20 point question and said to myself -- oh oh not good. The question related to Indian deities and the symbols associated with them. I had only casually studied them.
So I spent my lunch break going up to the gallery to study the next 70 pieces for the next test. I was looking at this image of Parvati
. Parvati is the wife of Shiva and the mother of the god Ganesha. Ganesha has an elephant head. They told us to read the "didactics" so I read it carefully. It said there was a small figure of Ganesha next to Parvati's right foot. I took another look and there he was!
a lion beneath Parvati
October 27, 2011: Well I had to go and research the question about Parvati's animal mount. It seems Parvati is associated with either a tiger or lion. I took a close look at the sculpture again and voila - a lion seems to be beneath her! Thanks for the question, Chris.