Celestial nymph harassed by a monkey

Here we see an 11th century sandstone sculpture of a celestial nymph being harassed by a monkey. This celestial figure, Markatacheshta (monkey’s pranks) depicts the celestial lady standing in a baddhachari posture used in classical dance. This iconography is quite widely depicted on medieval north Indian temples from Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. Sometimes in Maharasthra too it is found.

Indigenous Name
Apsara-Devangana Markatacheshta
Date/Period
11th century
Region
Madhya Pradesh or Rajasthan, India
Dimension
Object size: W : 46.8 x D : 20.5 x H: 83.8 cm
Accession No.
2000-05629
Material
Sandstone
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Sculpture