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Shiva Nataraja (Shiva Lord of the Dance)

The Hindu god Shiva, the creator, preserver, and destroyer of the universe, holds in his upper right hand a drum representing the first sound of the universe at the moment of creation. The potential for destruction is represented by fire, held in his upper left hand.

Indian, Chola Dynasty
Shiva Nataraja (Shiva Lord of the Dance)
11th century
Bronze
9 7/8 x 7 1/8 in. (25.1 x 18.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Acquired from the estate of Thomas T. Solley, 2008.245