Shiva, Uma, and Their Son Skanda (Somaskandamurti)

India (Tamil Nadu)

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 240

Somaskandamurti is one of the most popular religious images in South India. The four-armed Shiva holds a battle-ax and a deer in his upper hands and a citron in his lower left hand. His lower right hand is raised in abhayamudra (the gesture that allays fear). His consort, Parvati, clasps a water lily in her right hand. Between them stands Skanda, their infant son, bejeweled and with a lotus in his right hand. Four rings at the lower corners of the pedestal allowed the sculpture to be secured to a platform in order to be carried in processions.

Shiva, Uma, and Their Son Skanda (Somaskandamurti), Copper alloy, India (Tamil Nadu)

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