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Shiva Nataraja (Lord of the Dance)


Artist Unknown (India)


11th century

Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Location On view at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, G262
Shiva Nataraja (Lord of the Dance), Artist Unknown (India)
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Siva Nataraja:
: Hindu Sculpture
: A Bronze Nataraja
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Medium: Sculpture | Bronze
Size: 28 in. (71.12 cm)
Creation Place: Asia, India, Tamil Nadu
Culture: Asia, India, Tamil Nadu
Style: 11th century, Chola period
Physical Description: Found in a temple near Pondicherry. The figure represents cosmic activity. The significance of the gestures is as follows the drum in the right hand signifies creation; the fire in the upper left hand, destruction; the abaya (fear not) position of the low
Credit: Collection Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Gift of Mrs. E. C. Gale
Accession Number: 29.2
Added to Site: February 28, 2009