Sarasvati is the goddess of arts and learning. An important figure in Indian art, the goddess is a serene and ancient form of the great mother goddess or Devi, the power of the universe and source of creation. She also personifies India’s ancient sacred Sarasvati River. Sarasvati is intimately associated with the supreme Hindu gods Brahma and Vishnu as consort to both. Here she is playing the vina. Sarasvati’s dark hair falls behind her body, just as ignorance is obscured by wisdom.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
From: Asian gallery extended display label