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Shiva and his Consort, Parvati

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India Anonymous,
Shiva and his Consort, Parvati, c. 1800
Brass
4 7/8 in. x 4 in. x 1 9/16 in. (12.38 cm x 10.16 cm x 3.97 cm)


Object Type: Statuary
Technique: Cast
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Vladimar S. Aronovici
Accession Number: 95.3.16


Commentary
Shiva is shown in sexual union with his consort Parvati from whom he derives cosmic energies. Parvati is considered a moderating force, mitigating his unruly destructive impulses; without her, his divine nature would be inactive. In this image, Shiva is stamping on two demons and holding various weapons and attributes in his hands.
- Dr. Bruce Coats, 2022

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Medium
Cast gilded brass.

Object Description
Brass statue of the Hindu god Shiva, and his consort Parvati. A multifaced (4) Shiva is shown with crown and scepter, in congress with Parvati, who has 14 arms, 2 legs, and 4 faces. Shiva stands on two small disciples, and Parvati has implements in each hand, most of which are indistinguishable. The group is placed on a raised throne and a quatrefoil finial on a raised lotus dais.

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