**Originally Listed At $300**
Central Asia, India, ca. 16th to 17th century CE. A bronze figure of Shiva holding attributes in four hands and standing upon a lotus pedestal. Behind him stands a dog - most likely Shvan, the canine who is the vahana (vehicle) of the fearsome form of Shiva known as Bhairava. Given this, the attributes in Shiva's hands most likely include Bhairava's weapons. Bhairava is the frightful wandering form of Shiva; there are 64 Bhairavas who guard the cardinal points. Traditionally, he is ornamented with twisted serpents, that serve as earrings, anklets, bracelets, as well as yajnopavita (sacred thread). In addition, Bhairava dons a tiger skin and an apron comprised of human bones. Quite rare with wonderful patina. Size: 2.375" H (6 cm)
Provenance: private Maui, Hawaii, USA collection
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