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Ivory Figure of a Seated Shiva - c.1900

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The deity shown seated cross-legged on a tiger-skin under a tree, his water pot (kamandalu) resting against his leg.

He hold's a number of attributes including a trident (trishula), spear and double-sided drum (damaru) with the primary pair hold a rosary or string of prayer beads.

Shiva wears a necklace (rudraksha) and snakes wrap his body and arm’s.

His forehead carved with both a crescent (symbolic of his control over time) and the third eye (representing spiritual knowledge and power, sometimes called the eye of wisdom).

According to legend, the river Ganges has its source in Shiva and flows from his matted hair and this is represented atop his head, where the diminutive figure in his piled up and matted hair is the goddess Ganga spewing forth the river Ganges, shown flowing from her mouth down his left hand side.

He is shown seated on a carved beaded double lotus base comprising his and Parvati's (his female consort) mounts (vahanas) the bull and lion.

Super quality, accomplished carving.

Small loss to ivory at mouth of Ganga

Measures;
Ivory: 7 5/8" ( 19.3 cm )
Overall: 9 1/2" ( 24.0 cm ) high




Item no; I-270810-672
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