He is tall and sinewy and broad-shouldered. He has nothing but adornments on His person; in fact, almost nothing by way of clothing. It is His formidable nakedness that is the predominant theme of this composition. Necklaces layered over the clavicles that define His wide-set shoulders. A face that is serene and handsome, flanked by karnakundalas. A semblance of the third organ of vision, directly above which is the rim of a tall tapering crown.
Nrtya Lord Shiva is chaturbhujadhari, or possessed of (‘dhari’) four (‘chatur’) arms (‘bhuja’). A damroo in the right hand, a flame in the other. From the former emanates the naada of existential projection, while the latter serves to engulf all in its destructive fervour. In this light, the role of Lord Shiva as the omnipotent destroyer is as integral to life as the other two entities of the Hindu trinity.