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Shiva - Sakti

Asian Art

On View: Asian Galleries, Arts of the Himalayas, 2nd floor

In Nepali Tantric Buddhism, Shiva the Destroyer and Shakti, his creative counterpart, are portrayed in a close embrace. The union of male and female energies symbolizes the process of regeneration.

  • Place Made: Nepal
  • DATES 14th century or earlier
    DIMENSIONS 3 3/4 × 3 1/2 × 3 1/4 in. (9.5 × 8.9 × 8.3 cm) mount (with object): 4 × 3 1/2 × 2 1/2 in. (10.2 × 8.9 × 6.4 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Anonymous gift
    PROVENANCE Prior to 1979, provenance not yet documented; by 1979, acquired by a private collection; 1979, gift from a private collection to the Brooklyn Museum.
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    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Asian Galleries, Arts of the Himalayas, 2nd floor
    CAPTION Shiva - Sakti, 14th century or earlier. Bronze, 3 3/4 × 3 1/2 × 3 1/4 in. (9.5 × 8.9 × 8.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Anonymous gift, 79.189.3. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 79.189.3_front_bw.jpg)
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    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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