Darpana Sundari transliterates to 'The beautiful lady holding a mirror'. This is a very famous sculpture on the temple wall of Beluru Chennakeshava in Karnataka, South India. There are numerous such figurines around the temple which are also called 'Shilabalikas' or 'Madanikas'. They are said to be ancient tree deities and are said to be the epitome of feminity. 
 
This particular piece is one of a series called 'Shilabalikés'. Each one depicts the beauties in different postures as on the temple walls. The style of painting was inspired by Kalamkari designs.

Ink on paper (cardstock). 8.5" x 11". 

Darpana Sundari

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