It shows Isaac’s wife, Rebecca, wearing a transparent veil on her wedding day. The statue is supposed to represent innocence and purity. I’m not sure how it comes across in photographs, but in real life and up close, I couldn’t stop staring at it. The detailing of the veil over her face and meticulous craftsmanship of her whole shape is just incredible.
Benzoni is said to have made four copies of this statue, but the one that stands in India is apparently the only one where she is lifting the veil with her right hand — she uses her left hand in all the others. Since they didn’t allow photography inside Salar Jung, the pictures above, taken by Michael Casey, are of the one that stands at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.