19 September 2002
A Granite Figure of Shiva as the 'Great Teacher', Dakshinamurti
South India, Tamilnadu, Chola Dynasty, 13th Century
Well carved with the god seated on a pedestal in virasana, the heroic posture, his right leg resting on a crouching spirit and his left 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
38¼ in. (97 cm.) high
Reiser Collection, sold at Sotheby's London, 27 February 1967, lot 137.
P. Delplace Collection, Belgium, before 1973
Dr. Macken Collection, Belgium, 1973-87
Mr. and Mrs. D. Winkel Collection, Belgium, 1987-99
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M. Nies, Peace of Mind, 2000, pp. 14-15.
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 Purusha, symbolizing ignorance.
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