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  • Description

    Śiva in the 'anandatandava' position as Lord of Dance (Śiva Natarāja), with Ganga flowing through his hair and Apasmara, the dwarfish demon of ignorance, under his right foot. The god is shown at the end of one cycle and the beginning of another. The arch is broken above the proper left shoulder of the figure. Cast in a copper alloy.


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  • Date

    • 1100 (circa)
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 89.5 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Blurton 1992:
    While the 'anandatandava' is the most well-known image of the dancing Shiva, the Chola-period bronze-casters also portrayed him in other dancing modes, such as the 'chaturatandava', when his legs are both bent at the knees thus forming an approximate square (= 'chatura').See Honolulu Academy of Arts News Bulletin and Calendar 1947 Vol. IX, no. 2, February.


  • Bibliography

    • Blurton 1992 pl. 137 bibliographic details
    • Kramrisch 1981 pl. 96, p 118 bibliographic details
    • Munsterberg 1970 pp. 130-31 bibliographic details
    • Parkinson 2013 pp. 56-7 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history


    Shown in 'Manifestations of Shiva' : Philadelphia Museum of Art (March29-Jun7, 1981) Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth (Aug 1 to Sept 27, 1981 Seattle Art Museum (Nov. 25 to Jan 31, 1982) LACMA (Mar. 23 to May 30, 1982)

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  • Acquisition notes

    This object was bought from C T Loo at Paris in 1946 by the Honolulu Academy of Arts and de-accessioned by them in 1964. A note in the HAA's annual bulletin in 1947 confirms this acquisition history. Bought by Mr William Wolff of New York in the year of its de-accession by the HAA, it was purchased by the British Museum in 1987.

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A bronze figure of Siva Nataraja (with associated Ganga and Apasmara images). The arch (tiruvashi) broken above the proper left shoulder of the figure.

A bronze figure of Siva Nataraja (with associated Ganga and Apasmara images). The arch (tiruvashi) broken above the proper left shoulder of the figure.

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