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India Anonymous,
, c. 1800
Bronze
8 in. x 4 3/4 in. x 2 1/2 in. (20.32 cm x 12.07 cm x 6.35 cm)


Object Type: Statuary
Technique: Cast
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Vladimar S. Aronovici
Accession Number: 95.3.17


Commentary
In the Hindu pantheon, Shiva is described as a destroyer and re-creator, a counterpart to Vishnu as the protector of the universe. Shiva's powerful energies are depicted here in a frenetic dance, balanced on one leg with multiple arms holding flames of destruction.
- Dr. Bruce A. Coats, 2022

Marks
No marks.

Medium
Cast solid bronze with gilding.

Object Description
A dancing, crowned Shiva with 18 arms, two legs (one raised), and a flame-shaped crainial projection on his head. The right forehand is down with the palm outward, and the left forehand is holding a figurine. The figure is on a raised lotus throne.

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