#Parvati #India, Tamil Nadu; Chola period (880-1279), 11th century Parvati, the daughter of the #Himalayan Mountains, is worshiped both as Shiva's wife and as an independent deity. She is identified by her conical crown with its mountainlike tiers and by the distinctive "flower-holding" gesture of her right hand. A statue of Parvati is an integral part of the imagery of #Shiva as Lord of the Dance.
Saint #Sambandar #India, Tamil Nadu; Chola period (880-1279), 12th century Sambandar, who lived in the 7th century, is one of a group of sixty-three #Hindu saints who dedicated their lives to the worship of Shiva. He can be identified by his youthful appearance (he lived only eighteen years), by his joyful dancing pose (which refers to his emphasis on song and dance in the worship of #Shiva), and by the pointing finger of his right hand.
Shiva comme Seigneur de la Danse (Nataraja), ca. 11ème siècle. Indien (Tamil Nadu). Période Chola (880-1279). Le Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Don de RH Ellsworth Ltd., en l'honneur de Susan Dillon, 1987 (1987.80.1) #Dance #Shiva | Comme un symbole, Shiva Nataraja est une invention géniale. Il combine dans les rôles d'un seul Shiva d'image en tant que créateur, conservateur et destructeur de l'univers et transmet la conception indienne du cycle sans fin de temps.