This fine artwork represents Lord Shiva in the form of Nataraja, the king of dancers. Exceptionally fine ornamentation, thoughtful face, sharp features, balanced and proportionate figure and a highly communicative body-language mark Shiva's figure. It is endowed with a workmanship which is magnificent by any parameters and is much like South Indian Chola bronzes of early medieval days.
From 'Mahambujapitha', the pedestal consisting of double lotuses,
there rises 'tiruvashi', the fire-arch and the great Lord reveals
himself from it. The fire-arch rises from the lotus-base, which
symbolises manifestation. On apex, the opposite side of the
lotus-base, the arch aligns and joins with the Shrimukha, the
symbol of auspices. The arch is the nature, the cosmos manifest,
and the great Lord, by dancing, pervades it. The triple rimmed
arch represents earth, atmosphere and sky. Fire constitutes the
uppermost ring. Being an element of the atmosphere it presents
the sky. Shiva's snakes are as much active. They represent earth.
The lotuses, representing ocean, form the base for the entire
phenomenon. This gives the great dance further cosmic dimensions
Shiva as Nataraja performs 'Anandatandava', the dance of absolute
bliss, after the Great Age has ended and dissolution becomes
imperative for it is only him who may and remains to dance over
the head of dissolution. Shiva dances over the body of
Apasmarapurusha, the demon of forgetfulness. Apasmara is darkness
and darkness succeeds dissolution. Apasmara supports the Dancing
god's right leg upon its hip and looks at him with satisfaction
for the demon knows it will prevail even thereafter.
In his uppermost right hand the Great Lord holds his 'drum', the
symbol of sound, which vibrates the space, or the 'Akasha'. Sound
is the first of the five elements that announce creation. His
upper left hand carries in it the flame of fire, the symbol of
final conflagration, as all that stands created is heading to a
dissolution. The lower right hands assures fearlessness as that
which is heading towards dissolution will be created again. The
lower left hand moves from left to right symbolising release and
liberation. There emit from his mind massive fire waves for it is
not only his 'Anandatandava' that is fiery but also his object.
The 'Anandatandava' takes place in the hall of consciousness
within the heart of man. It is the manifestation of fivefold
activity - creating, maintaining, unveiling, veiling and
destroying. It is a celestial revelation of six 'bhavas', the
'shrishti', 'sanhara', 'vidya', 'avidya', 'gati' and 'agati',
that is, creation, dissolution, knowledge, ignorance, motion and
inertness. The 'Anandatandava', thus encompasses within it the
entire cosmos and its phenomenal existence.
This description by Prof. P.C. Jain and Dr Daljeet. Prof. Jain
specializes on the aesthetics of ancient Indian literature. Dr
Daljeet is the chief curator of the Visual Arts Gallery at the
National Museum of India, New Delhi. They have both collaborated
on numerous books on Indian art and culture.
Of Related Interest:
Shiva as Nataraja : Dance and Destruction In Indian Art (Article)
Antiquated Nataraja (Sculpture)
Shiva, King of Dancers (Nataraja) (Sculpture)
Nataraja in Art, Thought And Literature (Hardcover Book)
The Dance of Shiva (Paperback Book)
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