Tree Dryad (Shalabhanjika)
Dimensions: H. 42 1/2 in. (108 cm); W. 14 in. (35.6 cm)
Integrated into the carved facades of Indian temples is a host of seductive females whose identifications are not always apparent. Some are nature spirits. Others serve as consorts and companions to the gods. The blossoming branch in this woman's hand and the tree trunk in the background suggest that she is a wood nymph.
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Again here too, the blossoming branch indicates fertility as well as prosperity.