A copper alloy figure of Saint Sambandar
Southern India, Chola period, 12th century
With one leg raised dancing on a lotus, his right hand points skyward while his left is extended gracefully in the elephant trunk gesture gajahasta mudra. He is naked other than a girdle of bells, a waistband, ankle cuffs and earrings, while sacred thread suspended from a heavy necklace encircles his body. His face bears a serene expression with a sharp, pointed nose, smiling mouth and normal almond-shaped eyes. His tall chignon is secured by a narrow diadem.
15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm.) high