1Enakshi Ganguly = ""Date: early 12th centuryCulture: India (Uttar Pradesh)magine posing as a model for this dancing female figure. * You'll soon realize that this striking pose is anatomically impossible. Yet the sculptor has captured the essence of continuous, whirling motion. This 12th-century figure ornamented a north Indian Hindu temple, in what's now Uttar Pradesh. She represents one of many celestial or semidivine attendants, dancing reverently for the main deity of the temple.You can see a stylistic shift away from the plain surfaces of the Gupta era. * The eye-catching jewelry and costume emphasize surface ornament-especially as a contrast to the smooth, abundant flesh. * The exaggerated pose focuses attention on the figure's lively contours. * The spikes on the crown, the swaying necklace, and tassels around the waist amplify the impression of rhythmic, dancing movement, and lend verisimilitude to the abstract body."Source: http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/38153"
2Enakshi Ganguly = "Deva is the Hindu term for deity; devatas (Devanagari: देवता, Khmer: tevoda (ទេវតា), Javanese, Balinese, Sundanese, Malay and Indonesian: dewata; Philippine languages: diwata), are a kind of smaller more focused devas. The term "devata" also means devas (deva in plural form or the gods).Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devata"