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Nataraja

Unknown900 AD - 1100 AD

National Museum - New Delhi

National Museum - New Delhi
New Delhi , India

It is the most outstanding bronze image of Nataraja in chatura-tandava posture from Tiruvarangulam. The three eyed and four armed Siva is dancing with the right foot placed on the prostrate demon Apasmara and the left by resting on the toes. The rear right hand holds the damaru and the front right hand is in abhaya mudra with a serpent coiled around the forearm, the rear left carries the flame and the front left is in danda hasta pose. The hair is dressed high in jatamukuta and bears a crescent moon to the proper left. Braided locks are hanging at the back. A thin sash runs around the waist. The costume consists of short drawers worn with an elaborate girdle decorated with a floral clasp in front. He wears a tiara with fillet, several ear-rings and a chain of flowers on each shoulder, yajnopavita, necklace, udarabandha, spiral armlets, bracelets, rings and anklets. The prostrate demon holds a cobra in the left hand while the right hand is in suchi mudra. The image is on a double lotus pedestal mounted on a rectangular block. It is a unique piece of its kind, which ranks first among the important Nataraja images. It is a very fine example of the early Chola art.

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  • Title: Nataraja
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 900 AD - 1100 AD
  • Location: Tiruvarangulam,, India
  • Physical Dimensions: w460 x h715 x d287 cm (without cover)
  • Type: Statue
  • Rights: National Museum, Janpath, New Delhi
  • Style: Early Chola Art
  • Place Part Of: India

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