11th C. trident with Auspicious Kali Bhadrakali is the shakti of the god Shiva; the trident is a symbol of Shiva; other of the goddess's attributes are the noose and skull bowl that she carries. (National Gallery of Australia)
Yoga Narashimha, Vishnu in his Man-Lion Avatar. c.1250.South India. Seated with a yoga band around his knees to aid his meditative posture, this powerful image depicts Vishnu as Narasimha (man-lion avatar). He would have held the typical discus and conch shell in his two rear hands. Vishnu is believed to have taken the avatar to destroy the demon king Hiranyakashipu.