Shiva as Lord of Dance (Nataraja) As a symbol, Shiva Nataraja is a brilliant invention. It combines in a single image Shiva's roles as creator, preserver, and destroyer of the universe and conveys the Indian conception of the never-ending cycle of time. The symbols in the art imply that, through belief in Shiva, devotees can achieve salvation. The Lord, Dance Nataraja, The Universe, Indian Tamil, Shiva Nataraja, Dance Shiva, Metropolitan Museums, 11Th Century, Tamil Nadu
See works that explore the cult of Shiva and his family, including his wife, Parvati, and their children, Ganesha and Skanda, and the overarching role of Shiva as divine protector embodied in the linga. | Shiva, mid- 7th century. Southern Cambodia. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund, 1987 (1987.17) #LostKingdoms
Shiva Seated with Uma (Umamaheshvara), 11th century. Thakuri dynasty. Nepal (Kathmandu Valley). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Ex Coll.: Columbia University, Purchase, Rogers Fund, 1987 (1987.218.1) | Shiva (Maheshvara) is shown together with his wife Uma (Parvati) in an image of great tenderness and grace, seated in royal ease on an elliptical lotus platform.
Lord Shiva in Meditation - “I know not what I am; but I know what I am not. That way I am un-bound. This is the Path-to-Freedom.”- Lord Shiva
Shiva as Lord of Dance (Shiva Nataraja) Period: Chola period (880–1279) Date: late 12th–early 13th century Culture: India (Tamil Nadu) Medium: Copper alloy Dimensions: H. 25 3/4 in. (65.4); W. 22 in. (55.9 cm); D. 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm) Classification: Metalwork Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1964 Accession Number: 64.251