A GRANITE FIGURE OF BHAIRAVA
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A GRANITE FIGURE OF BHAIRAVA

SOUTH INDIA, TAMIL NADU, CHOLA PERIOD, 13TH CENTURY

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A GRANITE FIGURE OF BHAIRAVA
SOUTH INDIA, TAMIL NADU, CHOLA PERIOD, 13TH CENTURY
The four-armed figure standing upright against a dog and dressed in a dhoti and serpent belt, holding the attributes of trisula, drum, noose, and skull cup and adorned with necklaces and large earrings, the face surmounted by a flaming chignon, all backed by an torana
27.5 in. (70 cm.) high
Provenance
Private Collection, Chennai, before 2007
Private Collection, Delhi
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Lot Essay

Bhairava is a wrathful manifestation of Shiva associated with battle and death. In southern India, his appearance and attributes are closely related to the ferocious goddess Kali. While the trident associates Bhairava with Shiva, and the fierce deity is worshipped in Shaiva contexts, the inclusion of a dog rather than a bull vahana suggests Bhairava may originally have been an independent local god that was later incorporated into the Shaiva pantheon in Tamil Nadu. For a related example at Los Angelest County Museum of Art, see Pratapaditya Pal, Indian Sculpture, Vol. 2, 1988, Berkeley, p.289, cat. no. 154a.
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