H. 10 1/4 in. (26 cm); W. 11 in. (27.9 cm); D. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm); Wt. 21 lbs (9.5 kg)
Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Ex Coll.: Columbia University, Purchase, Rogers Fund, 1987
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 252
The paring of Shiva and his wife, Parvati, as the divine couple known as Umamaheshvara, is a popular image in Shaivism. In this ensemble, the couple’s gestures and gently flexing torsos create a mood of great tenderness. They are alone, without Shiva’s calf-bull or their children Skanda and Ganesha, who are often represented.