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Shiva and Parvati (Uma-Maheshvara)
Nepal; Transitional period (880-1200), late 10th - early 11th century
Copper alloy
H. 6 in. (15.2 cm); W. 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm)
Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection of Asian Art
Small gestures speak loudly in this depiction of the divine marriage of Shiva and Parvati, known as Uma-Maheshvara after the Sanskrit names for the two gods. Shiva lightly embraces Parvati, who turns towards him and rests her arm on his thigh. He makes the gesture of exposition with his lower right hand and Parvati leans back comfortably in his arm, her gaze fixed on his face, as if listening to him. Such images of Shiva and Parvati are popular in Nepal and have been produced there since the 3rd or 4th century C.E.
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