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Shiva with Uma and Skanda, 950-975

India: Tamil Nadu, Shivapuram, 950-975
Bronze
23 x 27-1/2 x 14 in. (58.4 x 69.8 x 35.6 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
F.1972.23.1.S
© 2012 The Norton Simon Foundation

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One of the greatest patrons of tenth century Chola art was Queen Sembiyan Mahadevi. Widowed at a young age, she lived most of her life as a dowager queen. From 941 until her death in 1006, she sponsored the building of numerous stone temples throughout the Cholas’ realm. The bronze workshop that Queen Sembiyan Mahadevi established continued to produce some of the finest iconic images of the Chola period, of which this sculpture is an example. The pattern of the fabric worn by Shiva and Parvati, articulated by bands of circles, triangles and scrolls, is identical to images attributed to Queen Sembiyan Mahadevi’s workshop.

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