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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Figure (Nataraja). Made of bronze.

  • Date

    • 18thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 47.5 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Jones 1990
    The sacred image
    Hindu iconography: two bronze figures of the god Shiva (comment relating to registration nos. 1969,1216.1 and 1880.445)

    These two representations of Shiva as Nataraja (Lord of the Dance), though separated by eight centuries, show the deity in the same position, carrying the same attributes; further, both dance on a figure symbolising ignorance and are surrounded by fire. In Hindu tradition the effectiveness of icons depends on reproducing the divine image prescribed by writings such as the agama texts, which explain how each form of the deity should be depicted.


  • Bibliography

    • Jones 1990a 14b bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Department


  • Registration number


Figure (Nataraja). Made of bronze.



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