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Shiva as Virabhadra stand in a relaxed posture under an elaborate arch placed above a goose form on either side.  The arch curves inward and forms a heart shape at the center meeting in a mask of glory, a kirtimukha.  Against the pillars holding up the arch are figures of the goat-headed Daksha on his right and saintly figure on his right.  Both are in posed of devotion with their hands in a prayer pose, namaskara.  Virabhadra has four arms (reading clockwise from his front right hand) holding a sword, an axe, a trident and resting on a club.  He wears a lower garment covered by a series of belts and a multi-tiered necklace coving much of his chest.  He also wears a long garland decorated with small human heads at the bottom across his thighs.  A five-headed snake hood is spread behind his crown and coils of the snake project above each of his shoulders.  <br />
Indian (Indian (South Asian))
Virabhadra plaque
20th century
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leo S. Figiel and Dr. and Mrs. Steven J. Figiel
1979/2.42
Shridevi stands in a tribhanga pose (with three bends) with her right arm hanging pendant to her side and holding a lotus bud in her left hand. She leans towards the figure of Vishnu in the grouping of three bronzes.   She stands on a base consisting of a flat square element topped with a series of five round rings.  She wears a decorated lower garment flared out on either side in a pattern.  She wears a decorated belt and necklaces, bracelets and armlets, with shoulder loops, earrings and a crown.  The jewelry and crown is highlighted with gold paint as is his clothing and the two attributes.  She also wears a band across her breasts, a characteristic of Shridevi in groupings with Vishnu and his other consort, Bhudevi.<br />
Indian (Indian (South Asian))
Visnhu triad: goddess Shri Devi, 1 of 3 figures
1600 – 1799
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leo S. Figiel and Dr. and Mrs. Steven J. Figiel
1978/2.131
An eight armed goddess sits astride a tiger with uplifted tail.  She carries a noose, punch dagger, shankha, and trident in her right hands and a bow, ring-like discus, arrow and shield in her left arms.  She wears a long garland of either large rudraksa or heads around her heck along with other necklaces and pendants.  She sits with legs pendant wearing a long skirt.  Behind the figure a Om symbol with the end of the letter twirled around it twice and the word Shri written in Devanagari script.  Below the figure a grid of letters forms a sacred diagram.  The lines forming the grid all end in trident forms.  Each square of the grid houses a different letter in nagari.<br />
Indian (Indian (South Asian))
Durga Copper Plate
1800 – 1999
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leo S. Figiel and Dr. and Mrs. Steven J. Figiel.
1975/2.146
Vishnu stand in a strict unbending pose, samabhanga and has four hands.  Reading clockwise from the front right hand, he holds lotus, a club, a discus and a conch.  The lotus and conch are also personified with full standing figures at the base below his tow front hands, the lotus as a female figure to his right and the conch as a male figure to his left.  On the pointed arch behind the figure a flying figure holding garlands is carved in shallow relief to either side of his crown. He wears a diaphanous lower cloth, the folds of the garment are articulated with a flared section down the center.  He wears a long garland down to his knees, a sacred thread and various pieces of jewelry, including bracelets, armlets, a necklace and large earrings and an elaborate crown.<br />
Indian (Indian (South Asian))
Vishnu Stele, four-armed Vishnu with two of his attributes personified
10th century
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
2003/1.385
Parvati stands on a tiny base with little feet in a strict unbending stance.  The body is elongated with a small waist, the hips billowing out and tapering in a stylized way to the feet.  He has broad shoulders, pointy breasts that fall quite low in the chest and has two arms holding a bowl in her right one and a lotus flower in her left.  She wears a d simple tight fitting skirt decorated with incised lines and a corded belt that falls down the center of her body with five rows of cords falling from the center and wrapping around her legs creating a fishbone pattern.  She wears necklaces with added pendants on her shoulders and her coiffure is tied in a chignon on the right side at the back of her head wearing a headdress that has decorations that cascade down both shoulders.  Like the accompanying Shiva figure she has large eyes and what appear to be two sets of eyebrows, but the tikka on her forehead is of a flame shape.<br />
Indian (Indian (South Asian))
Standing Parvati
1400 – 1599
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leo S. Figiel and Dr. and Mrs. Steven J. Figiel
1978/2.127
Krishna, in blue, and Balarama are portrayed in identical poses and wearing peacock-feather headdresses. The paunchy bearded figure at right is their mentor, Sandipani. Two other, older students appear at left. They are seated, approximately equidistantly spaced, in an architectural structure that organizes the space.
Artist Unknown, India, Uttar Pradesh, Chaurapancasika Style
Bhagavata Purana series: Krishna and Balarama Studying with the Brahman Sandipani
1525 – 1550
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leo S. Figiel and Dr. and Mrs. Steven J. Figiel
1983/2.104
Bhudevi stands in a tribhanga pose (with three bends) with her left arm hanging pendant to her side and holding a lotus bud in her right hand. She leans towards the figure of Vishnu in the grouping of three bronzes.   She stands on a base consisting of a flat square element topped with a series of five round rings.  She wears a decorated lower garment flared out on either side in a pattern.  She wears a decorated belt and necklaces, bracelets and armlets, with shoulder loops, earrings and a crown.  The jewelry and crown is highlighted with gold paint as is his clothing and the two attributes.  She does not wear a band across her breasts, as does Shridevi in groupings with Vishnu and Bhudevi.<br />
Indian (Indian (South Asian))
Bhu Devi
1600 – 1799
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leo S. Figiel, & Dr. and Mrs. Steven J. Figiel
1978/2.132
Shiva as Bhairava stands against a plain pointed arch supported by pilasters with a kirtimukha or face of glory at the top. He stands in a trihanga pose, with his hip thrust to his right and wears platform sandals. He originally has four arms, the front two of which are broken away. His back two arms hold a decorated trident and a drum. He would have held a sword in one hand and a kapala, a cup made out of a scull and a hanging severed head in the other. He is naked, but wears much of jewelry including belts with pendant elements, anklets, armlets, bracelets, necklaces, a band just under his breasts and large circular earrings. He also wears a decorated sacred thread over his left shoulder. His has an elaborate coiffure in curls around the top of his head with a large topknot to one side. His face is badly damaged. Emaciated hungry ghosts attend him, the one to his right dancing with his hands raised above his head with a pot between his legs. The ghost who is on his left stands behind a dog, whose head has b
Indian (Indian (South Asian))
Shiva as Bhairava
1100 – 1299
Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink in honor of Vishakha Desai and Robert Oxnam
2001/2.131
The two-handed figure stands in relaxed posture on a base consisting of square and round forms.  At the bottom of each shape stylized lotus petals are incised.  His right hand is extended outwards and would have been holding an arrow and he left arm is extended up to his die to hold a bow.  He wears much of jewelry including anklets bracelets, armlets, necklace and shoulder loops, belts with pendant elements and a sacred thread reaching just below his waist.  He wears a lower garment with incised lines delineating the folds and sections that flare out to either side.  He wears an elaborate crown.  One element extends over his right shoulder, which may either be part of his quiver of arrows or a broken section of a halo. He wears a conical headdress incised with a worn pattern.  His face is sharply stylized with a long straight nose and wide, open eyes.<br />
Indian (Indian (South Asian))
Rama
14th century
Gift of Michele Caplan
2000/2.153
A ten-armed figure sits with her legs tucked under her on a tiger with a long uplifted tail.  The figure is incised onto the copper plate with a chisel.  One set of arms are crossed across her chest, while all but six hands hold weapons.  A crossed spear and trident form an X behind the figure.  She has wide bracelets at each of her wrists and wears elaborate circular earrings and nose ring with a three partite crown. Two lines in devanagari script are above the figure.<br />
Indian (Indian (South Asian))
Durga copper plate with mystic design
1700 – 1999
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leo S. Figiel and Dr. and Mrs. Steven J. Figiel.
1975/2.145

Indian (Indian (South Asian))
Vishnu
1000 – 1199
Gift of Mark and Iuliana Phillips
2000/2.159

Indian (Indian (South Asian))
Folk Figure
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leo S. Figiel and Dr. and Mrs. Steven J. Figiel
1977/2.125
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