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Siva and Paravati

Accession Number
1980/2.293

Title
Siva and Paravati

Artist(s)
Indian

Artist Nationality
Indian (South Asian)

Object Creation Date
12th century

Medium & Support
sandstone

Dimensions
17 1/2 in x 11 in x 3 1/2 in (44.45 cm x 27.94 cm x 8.89 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leo S. Figiel and Dr. and Mrs. Steven J. Figiel

Label copy
Shiva, the powerful Hindu god of destruction, can be recognized here by the trident he carries in his upper right hand—his characteristic weapon—and his tall hairdo of matted locks, signifying the aspect of his character as divine aescetic. His consort Parvati is seated on his left knee. Shallow reliefs of the kind seen here are frequently found decorating niches in temple architecture throughout the Indian subcontinent; the style of these figures suggest that this relief probably came from the modern provinces of Madhya Pradesh or even Rajasthan.

Primary Object Classification
Sculpture

Collection Area
Asian

Rights
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Keywords
Hinduism
Shiva
males

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