Note the pedestal He is standing on. An integral aspect of Indian iconography, the same is a double-tiered one with perfectly symmetrical lotus petals carved on each. It adds to the stature of the Lord as much as the crown that towers on His head. Right beneath the rim of the crown is a line of ringlets and a pair of beauteous eyes, in them an expression of divine omniscience. From the vine-like structures that flank that face to the shringar that graces the torso and limbs of the Lord, each aspect of this sculpture is in keeping with the iconography of the South.
The fine proportions of Lord Pashupatinath’s chaturbhujadhari (four-armed) form are a hallmark of the sculptor’s skill. Zoom in on the lifelike musculature of the limbs and the torso and the ratio that defines them. His legs are overlain with an richly embellished ornate dhoti, sashes descending from either side of His hips on the polished surface of the pedestal.
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