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Apsara, a kind of heavenly dancing girl, ...

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This picture is an original piece of computer-developed digital art, a picture of a female nude, Tanya as an Apsara, a kind of heavenly dancing girl who, according to Hindu mythology, "... Apsaras are beautiful, supernatural female beings. They are youthful and elegant, and superb in the art of dancing. They are often the wives of the Gandharvas, the court musicians of Indra. They dance to the music made by the Gandharvas, usually in the palaces of the gods, entertain and sometimes seduce gods and men. As caretakers of fallen heroes, they may be compared to the valkyries of Norse mythology. As ethereal beings who inhabit the skies, and are often depicted taking flight, or at service of a god, they may be compared to angels.
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"Apsaras are said to be able to change their shape at will, and rule over the fortunes of gaming and gambling. Urvasi, Menaka, Rambha and Tilottama are the most famous among them. Apsaras are sometimes compared to the muses of ancient Greece, with each of the 26 Apsaras at Indra's court representing a distinct aspect of the performing arts. Apsaras are associated with water; thus, they may be compared to the nymphs, dryads and naiads of ancient Greece. They are associated with fertility rites. ..."


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Statue of an Apsara from Madhya Pradesh, India.

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A 10th-century sandstone statue of an Apsara from Madhya Pradesh, India...
In ancient classical Asia (and for that matter, also today...) the Absaras are popular art motifs.  There seem to be lots of issues as to art pieces of Absaras, "Devata", or whatever.  Below, (from Wikipedia),

"A male devata, flanked by a two apsaras, Vishnu temple, Prambanan
Some of well known Hindu-Buddhist heavenly beings belong to the group of devatas, such as apsara or vidhyadari; heavenly maiden that sent by Indra from svarga to seduces the meditating ascetics, and her male counterparts; gandharvas; the heavenly musicians. Devatas often occurred in Hindu epics such as Ramayana and Mahabharata, and also some Buddhist holy scriptures."

Apsaras of Angkor Wat, Cambodia -

"Apsaras are a kind of heavenly dancing girl who, according to Hindu mythology, were originally created as a sort of fortuitous byproduct of the churning of the sea of milk (the Hindu creation myth), and who dance to entertain the gods and also conveniently function as a theoretical heavenly reward for any Angkor warriors who happened to die in battle for the glory of their megalomaniac king."

 





Dewi Sri, or Shridevi ...


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... goddess of rice and fertility, ...
Dewi Sri 36 cm tall bronze statue, Central Java art. Dewi Sri is the goddess of rice, fertility and agricultre of ancient Java and Bali. Her left hand is holding a rice plant.
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Absaras Dancing

Searching online, quite a number of modern groups of women appearing as Aspharas, dancing, may be found, as here.  There also are overwhelming quantities of ancient Indian and Asian religious literature and mythology; here is a nice one about

" Vikramaditya and the Apsaras -

King Vikramaditya was one of the greatest Kings in the world. He was so great that Lord Indra, the King of the Devas himself very often sought for Vikramditya's advice on many matters.

"One such story deals with how Vikramditya judged Urvashi and Rambha's dance performance to determine the winner. ..."; go here for the story...


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Aphrodite, Bathing, ...

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Tasha, as Aphrodite, Bathing.
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Aphrodite, Bathing - an original digital image, Tasha, bathing, near on the Weeki Wachee River, Gulf Coast, Florida. 

This is an original multimedia acrylic/oil art wjork, based on an original acrylic sketch, Tasha, standing. Aphrodite was associated with Cupid; the cupids here come from a couple of classical paintings, for which I've misplaced my notes. (I don't feel like looking to find them again.)

"Because of her beauty, other gods feared that their rivalry over her would interrupt the peace among them and lead to war, so Zeus married her to Hephaestus, who, because of his ugliness and deformity, was not seen as a threat. Aphrodite had many lovers—both gods, such as Ares, and men, such as Anchises." (from Wikipedia...)


...The tree branch in the "Baths of Aphrodite" photo makes it hard to use for an art piece, so I preferred to use Weeki Wachee River..  I also do not try to reproduce classical styles, preferring my more "traditional-modern" forms, and using contemporary models and poses.


A world-famous Aphrodite is the "Venus de Milo", in the Louvre, Paris.

"This graceful statue of a goddess has intrigued and fascinated since its discovery on the island of Melos in 1820. Is it Aphrodite, who was often portrayed half-naked, or the sea goddess Amphitrite, who was venerated on Milo? ...


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Whether the statue is Greek or Roman draws various opinions.  One summing-up, also from the Louvre site above, is "... The Venus de Milo certainly revives the classical tradition, but would appear to be a classicizing re-creation dating from the late 2nd century BC. The goddess's air of aloofness, the harmony of her face and her impassivity are stamped with the aesthetics of the 5th century BC; the hairstyle and delicate modeling of the flesh evoke the works of 4th-century sculptor Praxiteles. However, the sculpture reflects innovations that appeared during the Hellenistic period, between the 3rd and 1st centuries BC. The spiral composition, the positioning of the figure in three-dimensional space, and the small-breasted, elongated body are characteristic of this period..."


Baths of Aphrodite


near Latchi, Cyprus


"Mythology" sometimes claims this as the spring within which Aphrodilte sometimes bathes...
 
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