Shiva

Historical period(s)
15th century
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
H x W x D: 68.5 x 39.4 x 35.2 cm (26 15/16 x 15 1/2 x 13 7/8 in) Weight: 76.7 kg
Geography
India, Tamil Nadu state
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1987.911
On View Location
Sackler Gallery 26a: Gods, Companions, and Devotees
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Sculpture
Type

Figure

Keywords
casting, Hinduism, India, Shiva, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Label

In this solemn image, Shiva, seated in a posture of ease, promises protection with his upraised front hand. Shiva’s matted locks, which indicate that he is an ascetic, are arranged in an elaborate crown. His third eye represents his omniscience, and his direct gaze confers grace on his devotees.
In South India, artists created bronze images specifically for processions. On festival days, the bronzes were adorned with fine silks, jewelry, and flower garlands that had been given as gifts by devotees. Temple attendants carried the ornamented gods around temple and township to give blessings to everyone.

Published References
  • et al. Asian Art in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery: The Inaugural Gift. Washington, 1987. cat. 29, p. 66.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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