Standing Shiva with His Mount Nandi
On View: Asian Galleries, Arts of South Asia, 2nd floor
Renowned as India's classical age, the Gupta period saw the refinement of many of India's visual art traditions. This finely realized sculpture from the early Gupta period shows the Hindu deity Shiva and his humped bull Nandi. Legendary for his supreme ascetic powers, Shiva is depicted in a full frontal pose, holding a rosary, a trident, and an orb which symbolizes the seed of the universe.
19 3/4 × 10 3/4 × 3 1/2 in. (50.2 × 27.3 × 8.9 cm)
mount: 20 3/4 × 11 × 4 in. (52.7 × 27.9 × 10.2 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Poster
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Standing Shiva with His Mount Nandi, 5th century. Metasiltstone, 19 3/4 × 10 3/4 × 3 1/2 in. (50.2 × 27.3 × 8.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Poster, 80.279. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 80.279_PS6.jpg)
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