Shiva as Lord of Dance (Nataraja), ca. 11th century. Indian (Tamil Nadu). Chola period (880–1279). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of R. H. Ellsworth Ltd., in honor of Susan Dillon, 1987 (1987.80.1) #dance #Shiva | As a symbol, Shiva Nataraja is a brilliant invention. It combines in a single image Shiva's roles as creator, preserver, and destroyer of the universe and conveys the Indian conception of the never-ending cycle of time.

Shiva as Lord of Dance (Nataraja), ca. 11th century. Indian (Tamil Nadu). Chola period (880–1279). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of R. H. Ellsworth Ltd., in honor of Susan Dillon, 1987 (1987.80.1) #dance #Shiva | As a symbol, Shiva Nataraja is a brilliant invention. It combines in a single image Shiva's roles as creator, preserver, and destroyer of the universe and conveys the Indian conception of the never-ending cycle of time.

Created in south India sometime in the 9th or 10th century, the Shiva Nataraja, as it is known, depicts “the dancer whose dance is the universe,” in the words of the great mythologist Joseph Campbell. Shiva’s four arms represent his infinite reach over all four cardinal points. His right foot stands on a slain demon, symbolizing the destruction of ignorance; the left leg is raised, bent at the knee and turned in perfectly balanced torque, as if the god were frozen in mid-whirl with his long…

Created in south India sometime in the 9th or 10th century, the Shiva Nataraja, as it is known, depicts “the dancer whose dance is the universe,” in the words of the great mythologist Joseph Campbell. Shiva’s four arms represent his infinite reach over all four cardinal points. His right foot stands on a slain demon, symbolizing the destruction of ignorance; the left leg is raised, bent at the knee and turned in perfectly balanced torque, as if the god were frozen in mid-whirl with his long…

Nataraja Symbology.  A depiction of the god Shiva as the cosmic dancer who performs his divine dance to destroy a weary universe and make preparations for the god Brahma to start the process of creation. Dancing is seen as an art in which the artist and the art s/he creates are one and the same, thought to evoke the oneness of God and creation.

Nataraja Symbology. A depiction of the god Shiva as the cosmic dancer who performs his divine dance to destroy a weary universe and make preparations for the god Brahma to start the process of creation. Dancing is seen as an art in which the artist and the art s/he creates are one and the same, thought to evoke the oneness of God and creation.

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