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Description In this image, Shiva is both a yogic teacher and a supreme king. Unlike most images of the god, he wears a crown, and his hair, usually matted into dreadlocks, falls onto his shoulders in fine curls. Seated in a yogic posture and holding a rosary, he imparts knowledge to his devotees. He also holds a citron-like fruit filled with the seeds of the universe, a drum that beats the rhythm of the cosmos, and a trident, symbolizing the totality of existence.
Date Description Narrative
7/31/2001Examinationexamined for condition
  • 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 Collection of a retired professor from the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, until April 1972; purchased by John Ford, Baltimore, April 1972; given to Walters Art Museum, 2004.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2004

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10th century CE
greenish grayish granite
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H: 19 5/16 × W: 13 × D: 4 15/16 in. (49 × 33 × 12.5 cm); Base H: 3 1/8 × W: 13 3/16 × D: 6 5/16 in. (8 × 33.5 × 16 cm)


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