No collection would be complete without Lord Shiva! We have chosen an imposing solid brass statue, almost two feet tall - it is a statement of majesty and power.
Dimensions: 22" X 14" X 7"
Weight: 33 lbs
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About the Artwork:
This remarkable statue represents Lord Shiva as Bhava (The Originator of
Things), one of this benevolent aspects. As Bhava, Shiva rules over the east,
the direction of beauty and of the sun. In this form he protects the humble, wandering
sadhus, the excommunicated, etc. Befittingly his body is hued a splendid
golden, the color of the sun, the awesome creator with whom Shiva is identified
in this manifestation.
Shiva is seated on a tiger skin, and the head of the dead animal can be seen
hanging over the symbolic mound which signifies Mount Kailash,
whose summit serves as his abode. The ornaments adorning him (armlets,
bracelets and necklaces) are made up of sacred rudraksha beads. In addition, he
wears a silver amuletic choker and also a serpent coils himself around his
neck, raising its venomous hood at Shiva's right shoulder.
Shiva's attire is composed solely of an animal-skin loin cloth, worn
typically by sadhus and mendicants. The sacred thread crosses his body
diagonally. His right hand is raised in the mudra of blessing. Inscribed over
the palm is AUM. The trident stands majestically in the background, and tied to
it is the damaru, the hourglass shaped drum, Shiva's favorite musical
instrument. The swirls of his hair are tied in a high knot, perceptible there
is a distinctly feminine face. She is Ganga.
"Bhava, the knower of the Veda say, is the all-powerful god. He is the
nature of the life of the worlds. His consort is called Peace-of-the-Night
(Uma) by the sages, his son is the planet Venus. He is the reservoir of the
seed of the seven worlds; he is the protector of the seven worlds." (Linga