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Head of Bhairava
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Head of Bhairava


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Description Brimming with a fearsome energy that radiates from his coiled hair, menacing smile, and angry gaze, Bhairava is a terrifying form of the Hindu god Shiva. His bulging eyes and sharp fangs signal his wrath, and the skull adorning his hair points to his association with cremation grounds. The mismatched earrings allude to his complex character: As a powerful god, Shiva embodies contrasting qualities, both peaceful and violent, both creative and destructive.
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  • Desire and Devotion: Art from India, Nepal, and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong. 2001-2003.
Provenance John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore; given to Walters Art Museum, 2009.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2009

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Period
11th century
Medium
pink sandstone
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
25.261
Measurements
H: 9 9/16 × W: 6 7/8 × D: 6 in. (24.3 × 17.5 × 15.3 cm); Overall H with post: 10 7/8 in. (27.7 cm)
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