Large Indian bronze sculpture of Shiva Nataraja, Lord of the Dance. This form of Shiva demonstrates his most dynamic aspect: that of Shiva the Creator, Shiva the Preserver,and Shiva the Destroyer all combined in a dance which makes up the cycle of time. Each of Shiva’s four hands show important clues as to his distinct importance: one hand holds the drum which makes the first sound of creation and one the flame of universal destruction. One hand is held in abhayamudra, the gesture that says “have no fear” and one hand points to his raised left foot to show that there is refuge here for the troubled soul. With his right foot, he stamps on the personification of ignorance. His stands of his long hair radiate outward and a cobra entwines his flaming nimbus.
Early 20th century
Dimensions: 56″ high x 40″ wide x 21″ deep.