Nritya Ardhanarishvara

Nritya Ardhanarishvara

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The tradition of stone-carving in Mahabalipuram traces its origins in the Pallava period. It is under the patronage of these art-loving rulers that intergenerational practice of this art flourished. Its results can be seen to this day in the ruins that dot its landscape and within the studios run by families devoted to their craft. It is from one such studio that this dancing Ardhanarishvara has been curated.

Fashioned from karuppu kal (black granite), the process involved is time-intensive and speaks volumes about the skill and temperament of the sculptors. Multiple rounds of stenciling and chiselling call for the attention of up to 50 craftsmen on a single work of art such as this one. Note the graciousness of the curves at each juncture of the deity’s roopa, the dynamism of the silhouette - these are the hallmarks of the region’s devotional handiwork.

The trishool in His hand contrasts sharply with the sweet-sounding conch in Hers; the nakedness of His raised leg, with the pleats of Her dhoti; the musculature of His torso, with the sharp curve of Her waist; the fierce-hooded snake, with the shringar of Her kundalas. A single lotus-engraved halo behind the head matches the double-tiered lotus pedestal on which the tandava is taking place.

Item Code: ZEN268
Specifications:
Stone Statue From South India (Mahabalipuram)
14.50 inch Height x 7.30 inch Width x 4.00 inch Depth
5.4 kg
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