CountryTamil Nadu Province, India
Dora Porter Mason Collection
. Shiva Nataraja. 13th century. bronze. Dora Porter Mason Collection. 1947.2.
Dimensionsheight: 36 7/8 in, 93.6625 cm; width: 32 1/2 in, 82.55 cm; depth: 12 in, 30.48 cm; base diameter: 11 in, 27.94 cm
God Shiva, Lord of the Dance (Nataraja) South India, Tamil Nadu 1100s, Chola dynasty Bronze Dora Porter Mason Collection 1947.2 The Hindu god Shiva dances the universe into and out of existence. The sound of his drum heralds its creation; his burning flame signals its final conflagration. In his dance, Shiva tramples on the demon of forgetfulness, shown in the form of an infant. The cycle of time—past, present, and future—runs through the circle of flames within which he dances.