Shiva as Vamana (the corpulent dwarf). An image unlike most Shiva images. His 'jata-mukuta' is set on right side unlike the usual depiction of Shiva where the 'jata-mukuta', a central knot. His face indicates a jovial mood.   From Mansar, Nagpur, 5th century CE, Vakataka period.

Shiva as Vamana (the corpulent dwarf). An image unlike most Shiva images. His 'jata-mukuta' is set on right side unlike the usual depiction of Shiva where the 'jata-mukuta', a central knot. His face indicates a jovial mood. From Mansar, Nagpur, 5th century CE, Vakataka period.

Cosmic Visnhu (Trivikrama) with Spouses,	11th century  India: West Bengal or Bangladesh, 1000-1099 Chlorite 57 x 28 in. (144.8 x 71.1 cm) Norton Simon Art Foundation

Cosmic Visnhu (Trivikrama) with Spouses, 11th century India: West Bengal or Bangladesh, 1000-1099 Chlorite 57 x 28 in. (144.8 x 71.1 cm) Norton Simon Art Foundation

The Apsara Applying Vermillion (A Sculpture Inspired by Khajuraho)

The Apsara Applying Vermillion (A Sculpture Inspired by Khajuraho)

It is the most outstanding bronze image of Nataraja in chatura-tandava  posture from Tiruvarangulam. The three eyed and four armed Siva is dancing  with the ...

It is the most outstanding bronze image of Nataraja in chatura-tandava posture from Tiruvarangulam. The three eyed and four armed Siva is dancing with the ...

Sandstone Shiva family from India mid 10th century. lacma, Sep-2005 376

Sandstone Shiva family from India mid 10th century. lacma, Sep-2005 376

Ravana Shaking Mount Kailasa, 700s. Central India, Madhya Pradesh, Chandela Dynasty, 8th century,sandstone. In one episode of Shiva's mythology, he presses down his big toe to quell the ten-armed demon Ravana, who tried to steal Mount Kailasa and take it away to his island. As Ravana was trying to shake the mountain loose, Parvati turned and clung to Shiva in fear-the moment depicted in this magnificent sculpture, which once formed part of a temple exterior.

Ravana Shaking Mount Kailasa, 700s. Central India, Madhya Pradesh, Chandela Dynasty, 8th century,sandstone. In one episode of Shiva's mythology, he presses down his big toe to quell the ten-armed demon Ravana, who tried to steal Mount Kailasa and take it away to his island. As Ravana was trying to shake the mountain loose, Parvati turned and clung to Shiva in fear-the moment depicted in this magnificent sculpture, which once formed part of a temple exterior.

Tara, late 9th century India: Bihar, 801–900 Schist Norton Simon Art Foundation

Tara, late 9th century India: Bihar, 801–900 Schist Norton Simon Art Foundation

" Lord Shiva Cuts one of the Heads of Lord Brahma. " Kailashnath Temple, at Kanchipuram. Pallava Dynasty. 7th Century CE. Tamil Nadu, India.

" Lord Shiva Cuts one of the Heads of Lord Brahma. " Kailashnath Temple, at Kanchipuram. Pallava Dynasty. 7th Century CE. Tamil Nadu, India.

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