THESE PICTURES DO TELL A STORY!

So what else could these be?

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Above is a nice specimen of many.

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The above photo has a nice view of some of these "goddesses" holding the ears of corn in their hands. The one on the left has the ear still in its husk (yes, a number of these ears are portrayed in their husks, or sometimes partly dehusked), while her friend on the right has the more usual shucked ear. Of course there're hundreds of such statues in a dozen or so of similar temples in this area of southern India. For those who for some reason are unable to make the trip down there any time soon, these photos would have to do for now! (But perhaps someone in India may be looking at these pix right now... In such a case, would you take some more photos soon and e-mail them to me so I can put them up on this page? Please?...)

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And here are a couple more examples of ears being left in their husks. The added indications of their identity here are the "curls of maize silk" hanging from the tips of the ears. What other "fruits" would have had this sort of a thing?

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Well, this is all we have for now. For better quality colour images, please visit Carl Johannessen's, or Hu McCulloch's pages at the URLs provided on my previous page.

So now, after looking at these pictures, people can make up their own minds about these Indian carvings!

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These images are reproduced from ECONOMIC BOTANY, 43(2), 1989, for educational purposes only. Not for commercial use. Copyright by the New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY 10458.

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