Each of the ten arms of Mahadeva bear an element of cosmic significance, which doubles as a weapon to be wielded against the adharmee. The necklaces layered upon His clavicles and the janeu descending down to the navel set off the rugged, innately masculine shape of His torso. From His hips descend the ends of His multiple sashes, swaying about Him as He motions in His tandava. Such a murti captures the import of Shivatandava in a way that would strike a chord with the highest-order devotee.
A monotone composition with undertones of a wild, mossy green. The finish is an unusual, earthy one, indicative of the nature of Lord Shiva. The deep black colour, the colour of sattvaguna, befits this deity of the Hindu trinity. Despite being in the middle of His tandava, His eyes are shut and the features of His face are gathered in a tranquil expression. Short flaying curls and a compact crown complete the composition.