Shiva is one of the principle deities of
Hinduism. He is viewed as the supreme
In images, he is generally represented as
immersed in deep meditation or dancing the
Tandava upon the demon of ignorance in his
manifestation as Natarja, the lord of the
Some of the attributes of Shiva are visible on
this sculpture. He is garlanded with a snake,
and he carries the trident, which is his
particular weapon. In one hand, he holds a
small drum shaped like an hourglass. This is
one of the attributes of Shiva in his famous
He also bears on his head the crescent of the
moon, a symbol often seen on Shiva imagery.
The deity’s distinctive hairstyle is noted in the
epithets Jatin, and Kapardin. A Kaparsa is
more generally hair that is shaggy or curly.
Shiva is often depicted with a third eye with
which he burned Desire (Kama) to ashes.
Although the disposition of the eight arms and
attributes is complex and evokes action, the
torso and face of the figure is marked by
simplicity and calm.
The headed figure of Shiva, his legs raised high
and arms thrust in the air, captures the
inventive and playful nature of Indian