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Uma Maheshvara
MVK 179760
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Engaging representations of this couple in a relaxed, naturalistic pose are typical for this period in Hindu art. A part of this artistic tradition, the present example is remarkable for the rendering of the figures by the sculptor, who has portrayed them with the idealized forms one would expect for images of divinities, but also in a relaxed manner appropriate for such an intimate scene.

History of the Object
Molded in grey chlorite, the panel depicts the divine couple Shiva and Uma perched on a throne covered with a leopard’s skin. Uma, seated with one leg drawn up, leans affectionately against her spouse’s left knee. The four-armed Shiva sits with his right leg pendant on a cushion and supports his left arm on the shoulder of his consort while his full lips smile suggestively. On the same level we can see the riding animal, the bull Nandi of Shiva. Among three other figures their son Kumara appears. A level below the elephant-headed Ganesh sits in the middle flanked by drumming and dancing ganas.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Grey Chlorite 
Measurements
Width 14 cm Height 56 cm Length 53 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Nepal 
Geography
Nepal 
Time period
AD 10th century ~ AD 10th century 
Creation date
10th Century; 907 - 979; Five Dynasties 
Function
decorative, worship 
Acquisition
Bought in 2003 at the "Kunst- und Antiquitätenmesse" in Vienna 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
MVK Wien 
Museum
Weltmuseum Wien 
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