Shaiva Saint Sundarar
15th century
Asia: India, Tamil Nadu
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Sundarar, whose name means "beautiful one," lived in the eighth century in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. An ardent devotee of Shiva, he was involved in the diffusion of Shaivism in the region. His hymns, composed of simple and direct language as well as rhyme and rhythm, are part of the canonical literature.


  • Title: Shaiva Saint Sundarar
  • Date: 15th century
  • Medium: Bronze
  • Dimensions: 32 x 11 x 11 in. (81.3 x 27.9 x 27.9 cm)
  • Credit Line: The Norton Simon Foundation
  • Accession Number: F.1972.19.6.S
  • Copyright: © The Norton Simon Foundation

Object Information

Dancing to the Flute: Music and Dance in Indian Art

  • Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1997-06-12 to 1997-08-24
  • Masselos, Jim; Jackie Menzies, and Pratapaditya Pal, Dancing to the Flute: Music and Dance in Indian Art, pp. 160-161
  • Pal, Pratapaditya, Asian Art at the Norton Simon Museum, Volume 1: Art from the Indian Subcontinent, 2003, no. 198 p. 274
  • Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, 2010, cat. 810 p. 341
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