Trident with Shiva as Ardhanari (Half-Woman) ca. 1050, Chola dynasty, South India. A Shiva sculpture almost a thousand years old can easily be mistaken for the Sikh Khanda emblem. To learn more see the SikhMuseum.com Exhibit - Nishan Sahib, History of the Sacred Banner and its Symbols
Trident with Shiva as Half-Woman (Ardhanarishvara), c. 1050 South India, Tamil Nadu, Chola period (900-13th Century), bronze, Overall: h. 39.60 cm (15 9/16 inches). Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1969.117
Tanjore paintings also known as Tanjavur paintings have decorated the walls of temples, palaces and homes since the chola dynasty(17th century). Deeply rooted in tradition, Tanjore paintings depict divine Gods and Goddesses of the Hindu pantheon in rich vibrant colors.<br><br> Notable for the adornment of semi-precious stones and 22 karat gold foils, the creation of a Tanjore Paintings involves a lot of dedication and several stages of meticulous artwork. <br> <br>
This cosmic dance of Shiva is called ‘Anandatandava,’ meaning the Dance of Bliss, and symbolizes the cosmic cycles of creation and destruction, as well as the daily rhythm of birth and death. The dance is a pictorial allegory of the five principle manifestations of eternal energy — creation, destruction, preservation, salvation, and illusion.