Shiva, granite, Tamil Nadu 12th century
Lot 1029W
A granite figure of Bhairava Tamil Nadu, circa 12th century
Sold for US$ 11,250 inc. premium
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A granite figure of Bhairava
Tamil Nadu, circa 12th century
Finely carved, the terrifying form of Shiva stands in a hieratic pose of samabhanga. His upper hands hold a drum and a noose, while the lost lower hands would have held a trident and and skull bowl. Adorned with various simple jewelry, he is naked and his hair is arranged in a flaming triangular halo. His face appears serene and his aspect is indicated only by small projecting fangs. A dog with a curling tail is pushing against the back of his legs, the god's constant companion.
29 3/4 in. (75.5 cm.) high

Footnotes

  • Compare with a another similar composition in Spink, Two Thousand Years of Indian Art, 1982, no. 55, p. 78.

    Provenance:
    Private American Collection
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