Plate in bronze – representation of Shiva – South of India
Plate bronze with Shiva the destroyer. Virabhadra is an emanation of Shiva, among others cited in the Vishnu Purana. Daksha had celebrated a great fire sacrifice, a yajna, but not for Shiva, his son-in-law. Indignant, Sati, the wife of Shiva, threw herself into the fire of sacrifice. Angry Shiva created Virabhadra, who destroyed the sacrifice and molested the gods.
time: late 19th, early 20th.
L X W X H
2.2 x 11 x 15 cm
0.9 x 4.3 x 5.9 inch