God Shiva

God Shiva

late 6th century
Locale
Rajasthan Province southern
Country
India
figure
stone
Funds from Ruth Luby,Dorothy Hietler,Fay Carter & Norman Degan in loving memory of their parents,Nellie & Jesse Shwayder,& acquisition challenge fund.
1982.15
. God Shiva. late 6th century. stone. Funds from Ruth Luby,Dorothy Hietler,Fay Carter & Norman Degan in loving memory of their parents,Nellie & Jesse Shwayder,& acquisition challenge fund.. 1982.15.
Dimensions
height: 18.75 in, 47.6250 cm
Department
Asian
Collection
Asian
God Shiva India, Southern Rajasthan late 500s, Gupta period Stone Museum purchase with funds from Ruth Luby, Dorothy Heitler, Fay Shwayder, and Norma Degen in memory of their parents Nellie and Jesse Shwayder, and from Acquisition Challenge Grant Funds 1982.15 This fragmentary image of a four-armed Shiva has the idealized form developed by Gupta-period sculptors to portray sacred figures. His youthful appearance is an expression of his physical and spiritual beauty. There is little attempt to represent musculature. Instead, the smooth modeling captures the force of the god’s inwardly held breath (prana), the essence of life.
Known Provenance
At least 1966, JR Belmont Collection, Switzerland [1]. At least 1967-1981, Pan-Asian Collection, Christian Humann [d. 1981]; 1981-1982, Robert H. Ellsworth [b. 1925, d. 2014], purchased from Mr. Humann's heirs; 1982, DAM collection, museum purchase. [1] published in Indische Kunst, 1966, cat. no. 54. J.R. Belmont named as owner.

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