Description The four outer figures on each side are kings of the primary and intermediate directions of the compass. The white shaft at the center is a four-faced linga, or "sign," of the god Shiva. Paying homage to the linga are the creator-god Brahma and his spouse on the left, and Vishnu and his spouse on the right. Shiva created a shaft, a cosmic pillar, so tall that Brahma could not reach its top and Vishnu could not find its bottom. Shiva, demonstrating his supremacy, then appeared in the pillar.
- 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 Lama Gallery, Bombay, India; John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore, January 18, 1969, by purchase.
Credit Promised gift of John and Berthe Ford
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