Reuniting the Tamil Yoginis: The Plans Take Shape
Symposium via ZOOM
Sponsored by the Office of the President, Colgate University
When objects are scattered from one place to be collected in others, where do they belong? Can they ever return home? What was that home and how did they function there? Should they be reunited? Colgate University will bring together scholars from six time zones to explore these questions for one special group of sculptures, more than a dozen sculptures of yoginis — powerful and often fierce tantric goddesses — and other deities that shared a ninth–tenth-century temple in southern India, somewhere near the city of Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu. Today, the sculptures that embodied these yoginis are dispersed across museums in North America, Western Europe, and India after journeys that began in 1926 engineered by the scholar Gabriel Jouveau-Dubrueil, the international art dealer C. T. Loo, and a local agent in India named M. Thangavelu. Can those journeys be reversed, even in part, with an exhibition reuniting these goddesses?
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Saturday, October 17 at 11:00am to 2:00pmVirtual Event