Monumental Shiva Head
Uttar Pradesh, India, 800-900 AD
Buff sandstone, traces of pigment
Height : 55,2 cm
Provenance : Collection of Jean-Claude Moreau-Gobard, Paris (ca. 1970)
Publication : "A Passage Through Asia"
(M. Doustar, 2015), n°12
This massive head would originally have belonged to an important monumental sculpture. The face is serene, with full cheeks and downcast eyes, the hair pulled into a chignon secured by an elaborate tiara. The ingenious treatment of the jatamukuta allows for deep shade to nestle between the waves of stylized hair, interspersed with skulls symbolizing the deity’s creative and destructive aspects, a dramatic amplification of the gently swelling forms of the face.
Shiva (from the Sanskrit Śiva, meaning “ the Auspicious One”), also known as Mahadeva (“Great God”), is one of the main deities of Hinduism. He is the supreme god within Shaivism, one of the three most influential denominations in contemporary Hinduism. He is one of the five primary forms of God in the Smarta tradition, and “the Destroyer” or “the Transformer” among the Trimurti, the Hindu Trinity of the primary aspects of the divine.
At the highest level, Shiva is regarded as limitless, transcendent, unchanging and formless. Shiva also has many benevolent and fearsome forms. In benevolent aspects, he is depicted as an omniscient Yogi who lives an ascetic life on Mount Kailash, as well as a householder with wife Parvati and his two children, Ganesha and Kartikeya, and in fierce aspects, he is often depicted slaying demons. Shiva is also regarded as the patron god of yoga and arts.
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