Apsaras with musical instruments

Apsara is a female spirit of the water and clouds, she is exceedingly beautiful and possesses many artistic skills, music and dance which she uses to seduce and charm gods and humans. In our Museum we have a wide array of such apsaras forming part of installations.
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This carved and painted figure represents an apsara, the nymphs who serve as musicians and dancers at the court of Indra, the King of the Gods in Hindu, Buddhist and Jain mythology. Such figurines are often incorporated into the architectural program of Jain and Hindu temples as well as havelis or palatial mansions where they serve as symbols of welcome and prosperity.#Gujarat, #19thCentury

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This carved and painted figure represents an apsara, the nymphs who serve as musicians and dancers at the court of Indra, the King of the Gods in Hindu, Buddhist and Jain mythology. Such figurines are often incorporated into the architectural program of Jain and Hindu temples as well as havelis or palatial mansions where they serve as symbols of welcome and prosperity.#Gujarat, #19thCentury

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This carved and painted figure represents an apsara, the nymphs who serve as musicians and dancers at the court of Indra, the King of the Gods in Hindu, Buddhist and Jain mythology. Such figurines are often incorporated into the architectural program of Jain and Hindu temples as well as havelis or palatial mansions where they serve as symbols of welcome and prosperity.She is depicted playing a traditional string instrument known as the #tanpura.#Gujarat, #19thCentury

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This carved and painted figure represents an apsara, the nymphs who serve as musicians and dancers at the court of Indra, the King of the Gods in Hindu, Buddhist and Jain mythology. Such figurines are often incorporated into the architectural program of Jain and Hindu temples as well as havelis or palatial mansions where they serve as symbols of welcome and prosperity.She is depicted playing a traditional instrument known as the #bansuri or #flute.#Gujarat, #19thCentury

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Musical Apsaras in the #JayaHeGVKNewMuseum, in the #CSIA, Mumbai. This forms part of the India Elemental, that deals with the #Panchtattva or the five elements, earth, water,fire, air and space

This carved and painted figure represents an apsara, the nymphs who serve as musicians and dancers at the court of Indra, the King of the Gods in Hindu, Buddhist and Jain mythology. Such figurines are often incorporated into the architectural program of Jain and Hindu temples as well as havelis or palatial mansions where they serve as symbols of welcome and prosperity. She is playing the #tabla.#Gujarat, #19thCentury

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This carved and painted figure represents an apsara, the nymphs who serve as musicians and dancers at the court of Indra, the King of the Gods in Hindu, Buddhist and Jain mythology. Such figurines are often incorporated into the architectural program of Jain and Hindu temples as well as havelis or palatial mansions where they serve as symbols of welcome and prosperity.She is depicted playing a traditional string instrument known as the #tsarangi.#Gujarat, #19thCentury

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This carved and painted figure represents an apsara, the nymphs who serve as musicians and dancers at the court of Indra, the King of the Gods in Hindu, Buddhist and Jain mythology. Such figurines are often incorporated into the architectural program of Jain and Hindu temples as well as havelis or palatial mansions where they serve as symbols of welcome and prosperity.She is depicted playing a traditional string instrument known as the #tanpura.#Gujarat, #19thCentury

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This carved wood female musician holding a a disc like musical instrument, originally a strut from a pillar of a wood mansion from north-western India. The figure can be identified as #apsara, the divine dancer and musician of Indian Mythology.#Gujarat, #19thCentury

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This carved wood female musician holding a flower bud in her right hand and an ektara (one string musical instrument), is originally a strut from a pillar of a wood mansion from north-western India. The figure can be identified as #apsara, the divine dancer and musician of Indian Mythology.#Gujarat, #19thCentury

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