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.


  • 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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