Description In this bronze sculpture, made for ritual processions, Shiva lovingly places an arm around his wife, the goddess Uma (also called Parvati). Both stand comfortably with one hip to the side, their bodies complementing one another. Shiva's matted dreadlocks are piled into an elegant headdress, and he holds an antelope (for he is lord of creatures) and a battleaxe (which cuts through illusion). His front hand gestures in reassurance, while Uma's is shaped to hold flowers offered by priests and devotees.
- 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 Joseph Gelpe, London, England [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; John Ford, Baltimore, February 5, 1976, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 2005, by gift.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2005
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