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Standing Male Deity (possibly Shiva)

Period:
Gupta period
Date:
6th century
Culture:
India (Bihar)
Medium:
Stone
Dimensions:
H. 30 in. (76.2 cm); W. 13 in. (33 cm); D. 4 in. (10.2 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 1993
Accession Number:
1993.477.4
Not on view
Many of the attributes suggest that this god is Shiva. Unfortunately, other attributes that would lead to a definite identification are lacking. He holds a water pot in his left hand and a fruit—perhaps a pomegranate—in his right and wears a dagger at his waist. However, the flame-shaped mark on his forehead is not a third eye and he does not have an erect phallus. The massiveness of the body and hands seems to indicate a provincial version of the Gupta style practiced in Bihar.
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