Shiva as the Supreme Teacher

Shiva as the Supreme Teacher
Place Made:
India: Tamil Nadu
c. 1100
16 in. 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
On View

This form of Shiva is known as dakshinamutri, or “south-facing image.” According to Shaiva theology, knowledge comes down like rays of sunshine to the south, which Shiva, as the supreme teacher, anticipates. In its original context, this sculpture would have been part of a wall shrine facing south. A more physically intact dakshinamutri is located in the sculpture garden.

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