New York, NY. By Appointment


Gray Schist

4th Century, Gandhara


Height:11½″, 29 cm

The Goddess Harita is known as the mother of children. In this sculpture she has a peaceful expression on her face and is seated on a lotus throne wearing a flowing robe and an elaborate headdress. In her right hand she is holding a large lotus. In her broken left hand she was holding a child. Buddhist text states that Harita originally stole and devoured children, but with Buddha’s intervention she became their protector and was able to cure the sick.