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Shiva as Lord of Dance (Nataraja) from the Chola period (880-1279) circa 11th century...part of Asian Art

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source: The Hindu HYDERABAD:ANDHRA PRADESH Bronze Nataraja, Vijayanagara Period, 14th C. This is the Lord of Dance. His gestures and attributes represent three phases - creation, sustenance and destruction. His movements are rhythmic, his poise perfect..,” the guide tries to attract the attention of the visitors to Nataraja, a finely modelled bronze item prominently shown at the Salarjung Museum’s South Indian bronzes section.

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Shiva and Shakti. To me they are male and female deific representations of the great primordial force of the universe.