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Shiva as Jnana Dakshinamurti

Asian Art

  • Place Made: Tamil Nadu, India
  • DATES 14th–15th century
    DIMENSIONS height: 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 2021.1.24
    CREDIT LINE Bequest of Dr. Samuel Eilenberg
    PROVENANCE Prior to 1998, provenance not yet documented; by 1998, acquired by Samuel Eilenberg of New York; 1998, bequeathed by Samuel Eilenberg to the Brooklyn Museum; April 6, 2021, accessioned by the Brooklyn Museum.
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Figure of the Hindu god Shiva seated in a posture of ease, with one leg pendant and the other crossed over it. The four-armed god has long, flowing hair and is surrounded by bearded male figures and his gull, Nandi, who appear in diminutive form around the base. His pendant foot rests on the back of a prone figure. Shiva is depicted in the form of Jnana Dakshinamurti. In this form, found mostly in southern Indian art and practice, he serves as a teacher or guru.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
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