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Śiva

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1970,0921.1

  • Title (object)

    • Śiva
  • Description

    A bronze (pancha loha) sculpture of a seated figure of the Hindu god Śiva. He has four arms and carries a parasu (axe) in his proper right rear hand, a mrga (deer) in his proper left rear hand, a naga (cobra) in his proper left fore hand and he holds his proper right hand in abhaya mudra (the gesture of protection). One leg is raised upon the throne in lalitasana (position of royal ease). At either end of the throne are the vertical bars for supporting a now lost framing arch.

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  • Ethnic name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 940-950 (circa)
  • Production place

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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 580 millimetres
    • Width: 410 millimetres
    • Depth: 330 millimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Dehejia 2002 cat 9, p. 116-117 bibliographic details
    • Dehejia et al 2006 cat. 6, p. 8-9, 64-7 bibliographic details
    • Ashton 1947 cat. no. 306, pl. 49. bibliographic details
    • Blurton 1992 Frontispiece bibliographic details
    • Guy & Willis 2007 no. 156 bibliographic details
    • Gravely & Ramch&ran 1932 p.108 (for the Kilapuddanur Vishapaharana) bibliographic details
    • Srinivasan 1963 pl.XVIII (figs.38-9), pp.64-68. bibliographic details
    • Gopinatha Rao 1916 vol. II, part I, pp.355-57 (for the Vishapaharana details) bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    1990 20 Oct-9 Dec, Japan, Tokyo, Setagaya Art Museum, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.140
    1991 5 Jan-20 Feb, Japan, Yamaguchi, Prefectural Museum of Art, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.140
    1991 9 Mar-7 May, Japan, Osaka, National Museum of Art, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.140

    The Sensuous and the Sacred: Chola Bronzes from South India (Sackler Gallery [Wash. DC] 2002, Dallas, 2002, Cleveland Museum of Art 2002)

    2006 11 Nov-2007 25 Feb, London, Royal Academy, Chola: Sacred Bronzes of Southern India
    2007 26 Jul-18 Nov, Spain, Barcelona, CaixaForum, L'Escultura en els Temples Indis. L'Art de Devocio.

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1970

  • Acquisition notes

    Bought from Mr William Wolf of New York.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1970,0921.1

A bronze sculpture of a seated figure of the Hindu god Siva. He has four arms and carries a parasu (axe) in his proper right rear hand, a mrga (deer) in his proper left rear hand, a naga (cobra) in his proper left fore hand and he holds his proper right hand in abhaya mudra (the gesture of protection). One leg is raised upon the throne in lalitasana (position of royal ease). At either end of the throne are the vertical  bars for supporting a now lost framing arch.

A bronze sculpture of a seated figure of the Hindu god Siva. He has four arms and carries a parasu (axe) in his proper right rear hand, a mrga (deer) in his proper left rear hand, a naga (cobra) in his proper left fore hand and he holds his proper right hand in abhaya mudra (the gesture of protection). One leg is raised upon the throne in lalitasana (position of royal ease). At either end of the throne are the vertical bars for supporting a now lost framing arch.

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