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Shiva Seated with Parvati

Period:
Thakuri period
Date:
11th century
Culture:
Nepal (Kathmandu Valley)
Medium:
Copper alloy
Dimensions:
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)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Ex Coll.: Columbia University, Purchase, Rogers Fund, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.218.1
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.
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