Lot 42A: Late 16th C. Indian Bronze Shiva Nataraja

Artemis Gallery

April 17, 2018
Louisville, CO, US

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Description: Central Asia, India, ca. late 16th to early 17th century CE. A beautiful cast-bronze statuette of Shiva Nataraja (or Nataraaj, meaning "Lord of the Dancers") in a striking pose. He stands on an integral tiered rectangular platform with his eight outstretched arms holding their own individual attributes. His visage stares outwards, seemingly indifferent to the current predicament taking place directly below him. His right leg is bent and stepping on the back of Yali, a mythical amalgam chimera comprised of parts from a horse, elephant, and a lion. In front of his left leg is a demon being slain by the Trishula (or Trident of Shiva). With its rich iconography and fantastic dark-green patina, this is a fabulous depiction of the Shiva Nataraja! Size: 4" H (10.2 cm).

Provenance: private Maui, Hawaii, USA collection

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Condition Report: Age-commensurate surface wear, fading to some details, slight bending to base and some arms, otherwise intact and very good. Lovely dark-green patina throughout.
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