Musical Apsaras, a view of an art installation at the Jaya He, Musuem in the Mumbai International airport.

Musical Apsaras, a view of an art installation at the Jaya He, Musuem in the Mumbai International airport.

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This wooden figurine of a male angel is the result of an eclectic intermingling of multiple cultures. The treatment of the hair and the wings recalls images of angels in western  traditions. The body is, however, depicted in tribhanga – the stance used in Indian sculpture, with the body curving at the waist, neck, and hip to create a gentle S curve.  Such figurines are common in regions of Tamil Nadu, where Dutch, Portuguese, and British influences had been assimilated.

This wooden figurine of a male angel is the result of an eclectic intermingling of multiple cultures. The treatment of the hair and the wings recalls images of angels in western traditions. The body is, however, depicted in tribhanga – the stance used in Indian sculpture, with the body curving at the waist, neck, and hip to create a gentle S curve. Such figurines are common in regions of Tamil Nadu, where Dutch, Portuguese, and British influences had been assimilated.

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This wooden figurine of a male angel is the result of an eclectic intermingling of multiple cultures. The treatment of the hair and the wings recalls images of angels in western traditions. The body is, however, depicted in tribhanga – the stance used in Indian sculpture, with the body curving at the waist, neck, and hip to create a gentle S curve. Such figurines are common in regions of Tamil Nadu, where Dutch, Portuguese, and British influences had been assimilated.

This wooden figurine of a male angel is the result of an eclectic intermingling of multiple cultures. The treatment of the hair and the wings recalls images of angels in western traditions. The body is, however, depicted in tribhanga – the stance used in Indian sculpture, with the body curving at the waist, neck, and hip to create a gentle S curve. Such figurines are common in regions of Tamil Nadu, where Dutch, Portuguese, and British influences had been assimilated.

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This wooden figurine of a male angel is the result of an eclectic intermingling of multiple cultures. The treatment of the hair and the wings recalls images of angels in western traditions. The body is, however, depicted in tribhanga – the stance used in Indian sculpture, with the body curving at the waist, neck, and hip to create a gentle S curve. Such figurines are common in regions of Tamil Nadu, where Dutch, Portuguese, and British influences had been assimilated.

This wooden figurine of a male angel is the result of an eclectic intermingling of multiple cultures. The treatment of the hair and the wings recalls images of angels in western traditions. The body is, however, depicted in tribhanga – the stance used in Indian sculpture, with the body curving at the waist, neck, and hip to create a gentle S curve. Such figurines are common in regions of Tamil Nadu, where Dutch, Portuguese, and British influences had been assimilated.

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Such figures formed part of the sculptural décor of churches as well as temples in India. Positioned at entrances and in hallways as welcoming guardians, they typically held a garland of flowers as an offering to those entering the portals of the building.

Such figures formed part of the sculptural décor of churches as well as temples in India. Positioned at entrances and in hallways as welcoming guardians, they typically held a garland of flowers as an offering to those entering the portals of the building.

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