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A Granite Figure of Shiva as the 'Great Teacher', Dakshinamurti
A Granite Figure of Shiva as the 'Great Teacher', Dakshinamurti

SOUTH INDIA, TAMILNADU, CHOLA DYNASTY, 13TH CENTURY

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A Granite Figure of Shiva as the 'Great Teacher', Dakshinamurti
South India, Tamilnadu, Chola Dynasty, 13th Century
The god seated in virasana on a pedestal with his left leg gracefully crossed, a flame and cobra in his uppermost hands and with his lower right hand in the gesture of elucidation, his face with a benign expression and hair matted in an elaborate chignon
36 in. (90 cm.) high
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George Bickford Collection

Lot Essay

As Dakshinamurti, Shiva is the supreme teacher, teacher of yoga, music, as well as the arts and sciences. His right leg rests on the dwarf Apasmara, symbolizing ignorance.
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