Shiva the Bull-Rider (Vrishabhavana)

Place Made:
India: Tamil Nadu
c. 1000
39-1/2 x 13-1/2 x 10-1/2 in. (100.3 x 34.3 x 26.7 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
On View

The majestic Shiva (right) stands in a relaxed posture and would have leaned upon the head of his bull, known as Nandi or Vrisha, which is now missing. The god's recognizable attributes include his elaborate hairstyle, in which his long matted hair is piled up on top of his head to form a crown, his elaborate jewelry, and his armbands. His wife and companion, Parvati (F.1982.2.2.S), is the embodiment of feminine beauty and grace.

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