Ardharishvara, The Sammelana Of Purusha Va Prakrti

Ardharishvara, The Sammelana Of Purusha Va Prakrti

A curvaceous Ardhanarishvara is poised on a lotus pedestal. It is a rudimentary number, in keeping with the kind of pedestals on most contemporary bronzes. The South has been the home of India’s rich bronze tradition since the patronage of the art-loving Cholas. Handpicked from Swamimalai, this Ardharishvara is a fine example of that age-old tradition. In fact, the Ardhanarishvara deity is as one-of-a-kind and venerable as the medium itself.

A composite Shiva-Parvati deity. Ardhanarishvara is the culmination of all by way of drshyam or one’s subjective experience of the self and the surroundings. This Indian deity is the very image of the confluence (sammelana) of purusha and prakrti, the energy and matter principles respectively. In the Sankhyakarika, the definitive text of Indian philosophy, the energy principle has been equated to the masculine whereas the matter principle to the feminine.

This explains the fusion of the Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati iconographies. His broad shoulder and wide torso, the gentle curves on Hers. His ascetic’s loincloth, the virtue that lies in Her mid-leg dhoti. The powerful musculature of His chaturbhujadhari (four-armed) form, the ample adornments (two-armed) on Her dvibhujadhari roopa. Finally, the tall templetop-esque crown towering over a handsomely sculpted face is highly characteristic of the Southern bronze.

Item Code: ZX30
Bronze Statue from Swamimalai
17.7 inch Height x 7.5 inch Width x 5.7 inch Depth
7.2 kg
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