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Savitri Triumphs over Yama, the God of Death

A work made of sandstone.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of sandstone.

Date:

12th/13th century

Artist:

India
Madhya Pradesh

About this artwork

This sculpture portrays a story in which Savitri, a devoted wife, wins back her husband, Satyavan, from the god of death, Yama. She married him despite warnings that he would die within one year and performed deep penance in the hope of securing the gods’ help. In the scene depicted here, on the prophesied day of his death Satyavan has gone to cut wood in the forest, where he falls ill. Savitri can be seen in the background pleading with Yama for her husband’s life.

Status

On View, Gallery 141

Department

Arts of Asia

Title

Savitri Triumphs over Yama, the God of Death

Place

Madhya Pradesh (Object made in)

Date

1101–1300

Medium

Sandstone

Inscriptions

Base has inscription: "Vatasavitri" literally "Banyan Tree Savitri"

Dimensions

47.6 × 33.2 × 12.3 cm (18 3/4 × 13 1/8 × 4 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

James W. and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection. Gift of Marilynn Alsdorf

Reference Number

2021.203

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