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Sculpture of Uma-Maheshvara (Shiva and Parvati) seated on Nandi
S1965-0036-001-0
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Masterpiece

There are many representations of Shiva and Parvati seated in amorous manner, throughout the early medieval and medieval periods. In these sculptures, a human side of the deity is explored which is coloured by Puranic lore. An evocation of the various tales from the myths of Shiva and Parvati could be visualised when looking at this sculpture. The carving is quite detailed; it also includes representation of the yali and elephant, flanking the pillared niche.

History of the Object
Uma-Maheshwara, Shiva and Parvati seated on nandi the bull , carved out of purplish sandstone from Madhya Pradesh, India. The sculpture combines the trimurti concept of Brahma-Vishnu and Mahesh on one hand, while integrating the cultic family icons of the Shaiva sect such as Ganesh, Kartikeya (sons of Shiva having their own sub sects under Shaivism) and Bhringi (represented as a skeletal figure, an ardent devotee of Shiva) in the same representation.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Sandstone, Gray 
Measurements
Width 18 cm Height 65 cm Length 57 cm  
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
India; Madhya Pradesh 
Geography
India 
Time period
AD 13th century ~ AD 13th century 
Creation date
13th Century 
Function
worship 
Acquisition
Donated by Lady Yuen Peng McNeice to the University Art Museum (NUS Museum), in 1965. 
Copyright
 
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Owner
NUS Museum, NUS Centre For the Arts 
Museum
NUS Museum, NUS Centre For the Arts 
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