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This bronze image of Nataraja is in the chatura-tandava pose. The three-eyed and four-armed Siva is dancing with his right foot placed on the demon of ignorance, Apasmara. The rear right hand holds the damaru and the front right hand is in abhaya-mudra, with a serpent coiled around the forearm. The loops extending at the side were used as support when these bronze images were taken out on ceremonial processions, as mobile shrines with deities.

Details

  • Title: Nataraja
  • Date Created: 9th-10th century CE
  • Location: Tiruvarangulam, South India
  • Physical Dimensions: Ht. 71.5 cm., Wd. 46.0 cm., Dep. 28.7 cm
  • Medium: Bronze
  • Dynasty: Early Chola

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