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The Hindu deity Shiva as divine teacher
Place of Origin: India, Tamil Nadu state
Date: 1300-1400
Materials: Granite
Dimensions: H. 37 1/2 in x W. 18 in x D. 11 in, H. 95.2 cm x W. 45.7 cm x D. 27.9 cm
Credit Line: The Avery Brundage Collection
Department: South Asian Art
Collection: Sculpture
Object Number: B61S1+
On Display: No

Description

Label: Shiva is recognizable by the vertical third eye in his forehead and the small snake, skull, and crescent moon in his elaborate hair locks. Not all depictions of Shiva have all of these characteristics. Here Shiva sits teaching an unseen group of sages, with one of his feet resting on a dwarf representing ignorance. In this form Shiva "is an image of grace which imparts the supreme knowledge that leads to freedom from the bondage of this world." The Sanskrit term by which this form of Shiva is known has as a secondary meaning "south-facing," and, in the region from which this sculpture comes, such sculptures were often placed in a niche in the south walls of temples. (Quotation from a 1982 article on this form of Shiva by Pratapaditya Pal)

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Exhibition History: "Indian Stone Sculpture ", SFO Airport, 11/15/1985 - 3/1986
"Hindu Deities", San Francisco International Airport, United Terminal, August 10, 2012 - March 4, 2013
Label: Shiva is recognizable by the vertical third eye in his forehead and the small snake, skull, and crescent moon in his elaborate hair locks. Not all depictions of Shiva have all of these characteristics. Here Shiva sits teaching an unseen group of sages, with one of his feet resting on a dwarf representing ignorance. In this form Shiva "is an image of grace which imparts the supreme knowledge that leads to freedom from the bondage of this world." The Sanskrit term by which this form of Shiva is known has as a secondary meaning "south-facing," and, in the region from which this sculpture comes, such sculptures were often placed in a niche in the south walls of temples. (Quotation from a 1982 article on this form of Shiva by Pratapaditya Pal)
Exhibition History: "Indian Stone Sculpture ", SFO Airport, 11/15/1985 - 3/1986
"Hindu Deities", San Francisco International Airport, United Terminal, August 10, 2012 - March 4, 2013