Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address info@exoticindia.com.

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Sign In  |  Sign up
Your Cart (0)
Best Deals
Weekend Book sale - 25% + 10% off on all Books
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
Sculptures > Hindu > Goddess > Shiva as Ardhanarishvara
Subscribe to our newsletter and discounts
Shiva as Ardhanarishvara

Shiva as Ardhanarishvara

Shiva as Ardhanarishvara

Availability:
2 in stock
Specifications:

Brass Statue

26 inch X 12 inch X 9 inch
13.1 kg
Item Code:
RV77
Quantity (Pieces)
Price:
$495.00
Discounted:
$371.25   Shipping Free
Usually ships in 10 days
You Save:
$123.75 (25%)
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
Shiva as Ardhanarishvara

Verify the characters on the left

From:
Edit     
You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 12592 times since 15th Nov, 2016
An excellent piece of art synthesizing in one form not only the male and female physiognomies but also the two psyches, behavioral bearings of two classes and everything that distinguishes one from the other, this brass statue represents one of the Shiva’s earliest forms known in the tradition as ‘Shiva, the Ardhanarishvara’ : half male and half female. As is obvious, the statue’s right half with its robust build, leg’s forward thrust as in action, character of breast-part, subdued hip, broader shoulder in contrast to the left, all define masculine physiognomy. On the other hand, not merely in the modeling of breast, style of hair-dressing, normal anatomy of arms, voluminous hip, type of ornaments, or a slenderer leg clad elegantly from the waist down to ankle with a beautifully pleated ‘antariya’ – lower wear, embellished with laces of beads and frontal ornamental band, even in the posture of the figure, more particularly of the left leg and that of the hand carrying in it a lotus symbolising beauty, there reveals strange feminineness. This distinction is as much obvious in the iconography of two sides. The left half of the lamp-flame like mark on the forehead has been conceived like the auspicious ‘tilaka’ with which ladies generally adorn their foreheads while it looks like Shiva’s ‘tri-netra’ : third eye, when a concave vertical line brackets it on the right side. Not only the ear-ornaments on two halves are differently designed, even the left ear is differently cast. The left is normally shaped while that on the right has quite a tall ear-lobe reaching almost down to the shoulder. The downwards cast left eye reveals feminine grace while that on the right is in meditative trance. The left and right sides of the nose as well as neck are differently conceived, the former being endowed with a feminine touch, while the latter, masculine. The chin apart, the right and left cheeks too are differently modeled. The right with its flabbiness does not have the same quality of modeling as has the left.

With one additional arm, suggestive of four-armed anatomy, the right half of the statue is essentially the manifestation of Shiva. The style of hair on the right side, half knotted as ‘jata-juta’, and other half, unfurling like flames of fire, and the bell chained around the ankle of the right feet, are two of the essential aspects of the Shiva’s iconography in his Nataraja form.Besides a goad, the instrument of annihilation, carried in the upper hand, the gesture of his lower hand, suggestive of dissolution, which in the Great Trinity is Shiva’s cosmic role, are essentials of Shiva’s form. In contrast to fully clad left leg the right half is clad just in a loin-cloth made of plain tiger skin except for a bit of lace defining its edge. Correspondingly, the left half with feminine attributes is the manifestation of Shiva’s consort Parvati who is acclaimed in scriptures as Shiva’s ‘Vamanga’ : his left half.

As the Shaivite doctrine has it, Shiva, who manifests in his being the cosmos, or vice-versa, cosmos is whose mere manifestation, combines in him both male and female aspects of creation. This doctrine of the unity of cosmic existence which Shiva manifested in his Ardhanarishvara form was initially the Rig-Vedic perception acclaiming that : ‘what you describe to me as Male are in reality also Female.’ The existence is essentially composed of two sets of diverse elements, which Shiva as Sadashiva and Adipurusha blends in his form. Everyone born, but Shiva who is unborn, is either a male or a female; the Adipurusha Shiva, the Sadashiva, the ever present benevolent One, is the total, all that is masculine and all that is feminine. Western world’s inseparable unity of male and female seen in the form of Cupid and Psyche is the unity of the two in two forms. In Ardhanarishvara this unity is in one form. Unlike most of the Ardhanarishvara images in which male, that is Shiva, comprises their principal form, and female, secondary or less significant. Astonishingly, in this brilliant innovative form it is the female aspect that seems to dominate the figure’s totality, its anatomy, aesthetics and psyche.

This description by Prof. P.C. Jain and Dr. Daljeet. Prof. Jain specializes on the aesthetics of literature and is the author of numerous books on Indian art and culture. Dr. Daljeet is the curator of the Miniature Painting Gallery, National Museum, New Delhi. They have both collaborated together on a number of books.

Post a Comment
 
Post Review
  • Very pleased with this well made & exquisite Ardhanarishvara. Arrived in pristine Puja condition, no flaws. This is my first purchase and I am sure make more.
    by G. Truex on 25th Nov 2016
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy
Based on your browsing history
Loading... Please wait

Items Related to Shiva as Ardhanarishvara (Hindu | Sculptures)

Ardhanarishvara - The Half Male and Half Female Form of  Shiva with Floral Aureole
Brass Statue
18 inch X 11 inch X 5 inch
6.23 kg
Item Code: XH71
$495.00$371.25
You save: $123.75 (25%)
Backorder
Backorder
Ardhanarishvara
Brass Statue
14.5 inch Height x 6 inch Width x 4.5 inch Depth
2.7 kg
Item Code: ZDJ76
$165.00$123.75
You save: $41.25 (25%)
Backorder
Backorder
Ardhanarishvara (with Inlay Work)
Brass Statue
17.7 X 8.5 X 5.7
10 kg
Item Code: ZAB41
$495.00$371.25
You save: $123.75 (25%)
Backorder
Backorder
Ardhanarishvara (Shiva Shakti) with Coral and Turquoise Color Inlay
Brass Statue
19.0 inch X 8.0 inch X 6.0 inch
10.32 kg
Item Code: XX89
$525.00$393.75
You save: $131.25 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Ardhanarishvara (Shiva-Shakti)
Brass Statue
15.2 inch Height x 6.7 inch Width x 5.3 inch Depth
4.2 kg
Item Code: ZV11
$275.00$206.25
You save: $68.75 (25%)
Backorder
Backorder
Ardhanarishvara
Brass Statue
9.7 inch Height x 5.7 inch Width x 2.7 inch Depth
4 kg
Item Code: ZDH97
$235.00$176.25
You save: $58.75 (25%)
Backorder
Backorder
Ardhanarishvara (Shiva-Shakti)
Brass Statue
12 inch Height x 5 inch Width x 3 inch Depth
3.9 kg
Item Code: ZDE86
$225.00$168.75
You save: $56.25 (25%)
Backorder
Backorder
Ardhanarishvara
Brass Statue
26.2 inch Height x 11.8 inch Width x 9.2 inch Depth
13 kg
Item Code: ZI14
$595.00$446.25
You save: $148.75 (25%)
Backorder
Backorder
Ardhanarishvara the androgyne (Probing the Gender within)
Deal 10% Off
by Dr. Alka Pande
Hardcover (Edition: 2004)
Rupa Publication Pvt. Ltd.
Item Code: IDD942
$85.00$57.38
You save: $27.62 (10 + 25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Ardhanarisvara (Ardhanarishvara) in Art and Literature
Deal 10% Off
by Neeta Yadav
Hardcover (Edition: 2001)
D. K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Item Code: IDD160
$50.00$33.75
You save: $16.25 (10 + 25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Androgyny and Female Impersonation in India - Nari Bhav
Deal 10% Off
Item Code: NAJ147
$35.00$23.62
You save: $11.38 (10 + 25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
दमा: Asthma (Homoeopathy and Ayurvedic Cure)
Deal 10% Off
Item Code: NZK609
$20.00$13.50
You save: $6.50 (10 + 25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
7 Secrets from Hindu Calendar Art
Deal 10% Off
by Devdutt Pattanaik
Paperback (Edition: 2009)
Westland Ltd.
Item Code: IHF073
$30.00$20.25
You save: $9.75 (10 + 25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Kurma Purana (Sanskrit Text With English Translation)
Deal 10% Off
by Shanti Lal Nagar
Hardcover (Edition: 2011)
Parimal Publication Pvt. Ltd.
Item Code: NAF482
$35.00$23.62
You save: $11.38 (10 + 25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Tantra Yoga, Nada Yoga and Kriya Yoga
Deal 10% Off
by Swami Sivananda
Paperback (Edition: 2011)
The Divine Life Society
Item Code: IDF829
$15.00$10.12
You save: $4.88 (10 + 25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Testimonials
Nice collections. Prompt service.
Kris, USA
Thank-you for the increased discounts this holiday season. I wanted to take a moment to let you know you have a phenomenal collection of books on Indian Philosophy, Tantra and Yoga and commend you and the entire staff at Exotic India for showcasing the best of what our ancient civilization has to offer to the world.
Praveen
I don't know how Exotic India does it but they are amazing. Whenever I need a book this is the first place I shop. The best part is they are quick with the shipping. As always thank you!!!
Shyam Maharaj
Great selection. Thank you.
William, USA
appreciate being able to get this hard to find book from this great company Exotic India.
Mohan, USA
Both Om bracelets are amazing. Thanks again !!!
Fotis, Greece
Thank you for your wonderful website.
Jan, USA
Awesome collection! Certainly will recommend this site to friends and relatives. Appreciate quick delivery.
Sunil, UAE
Thank you so much, I'm honoured and grateful to receive such a beautiful piece of art of Lakshmi. Please congratulate the artist for his incredible artwork. Looking forward to receiving her on Haida Gwaii, Canada. I live on an island, surrounded by water, and feel Lakshmi's present all around me.
Kiki, Canada
Nice package, same as in Picture very clean written and understandable, I just want to say Thank you Exotic India Jai Hind.
Jeewan, USA
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2019 © Exotic India