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Macabre Goddesses, Virile Royalty And A Lady Chasing A Cat

Professor Jinah Kim’s Women in South Asian Art seminar group took over Harvard SAI’s Instagram account for the week – there’s an exhibition of Women in South Asian Art, at the Harvard Art Museums, open until January 7, 2018.

Check out the pieces below for a glimpse of the exhibit. 

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“Drawn from the Harvard Art Museums’ renowned South Asian art collection, this University Teaching Gallery installation complements an undergraduate course exploring images of women in South Asian art; the course takes a historical perspective in order to understand the politics of gender and the social status of women in today’s South Asia. In addition to historical examples of female patronage and representations of goddesses, the installation includes a group of objects portraying women as active agents—a lady chasing a cat, for example, or a rare depiction of a female artist. A small group of erotic images invites viewers to consider the relationship between erotic science and the Indic attitude toward the body, in which sexuality and virility are auspicious forces.”


To learn more about these pieces go to our Instagram or the Women in South Asian Art Exhibit at the Harvard Art Museums.