6 objects Doris Wiener
S1999.116

Bhairava

https://asia.si.edu/object/S1999.116

Standing in the dynamic, diagonal pose known as the hunter’s strance (pratyalidha), Bhairava, a fierce manifestation of the Hindu god Shiva, has three menacing heads and six hands, five of which brandish weapons. Somewhat surprisingly, the sixth hand holds a full-blown lotus stem complete with leaves. Each scowling face has three round bulging eyes, an …