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Shiva Vinadhara (Holder of the Lute)

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At A Glance

On View
  • Period

    ca. 950
  • Geography

    Tamil Nadu state, India
  • Material

  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 73.6 x 35.8 x 24.9 cm (29 x 14 1/8 x 9 13/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    The sculpture consists of a single standing four-armed figure on a large base; the upper arms of the figure hold an axe and a deer as is typical of South Indian Siva images. The base of the pedestal is square and supports a lotus stand and two short slender columns presumed to be attachments for other parts now missing.
  • Provenance

    From at least 1960
    Dr. Samuel Eilenberg, London [1]
    To 1997
    Peter Marks Gallery, New York City, to 1997
    From 1997
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Peter Marks Gallery in 1997
    [1] The object has been in the United States from at least 1960, when it was exhibited in a show titled "Masterpieces of Asian Art from American Collections" at the Asia House galleries (according to Curatorial Note 4, Vidya Dehejia, July 15, 1997, in the object record). It was published in the accompanying catalog (see photocopies in the object file).
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Body Image (October 14, 2017 - ongoing)
    The Thief Who Stole My Heart: The Material Life of Sacred Bronzes in Chola India ca. 850-1280 (Monday, March 14, 2016 - Monday, January 30, 2017)
    Arts of the Indian Subcontinent and the Himalayas (October 16, 2004 to January 3, 2016)
    Beyond the Legacy--Anniversary Acquisitions of the Freer Gallery of Art (October 11, 1998 to April 11, 1999)
    Sculpture of South Asia and the Himalayas (November 19, 1992 to July 9, 2017)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Dr. Samuel Eilenberg (1913-1998)
    Peter Marks Works of Art, Inc. (active 1960-2002)
  • Origin

    Tamil Nadu state, India
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

  • On View

    Freer Gallery 01: Body Image: Arts of the Indian Subcontinent
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