Shiva Seated with Parvati

Period:
Thakuri period
Date:
11th century
Culture:
Nepal (Kathmandu Valley)
Medium:
Copper alloy
Dimensions:
H. 10 1/4 in. (26 cm); W. 11 in. (27.9 cm); D. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm); Wt. 21 lbs (9.5 kg)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Ex Coll.: Columbia University, Purchase, Rogers Fund, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.218.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 252
The paring of Shiva and his wife, Parvati, as the divine couple known as Umamaheshvara, is a popular image in Shaivism. In this ensemble, the couple’s gestures and gently flexing torsos create a mood of great tenderness. They are alone, without Shiva’s calf-bull or their children Skanda and Ganesha, who are often represented.
Samuel Eilenberg , New York (until 1986; donated to Columbia University); [ Columbia University , New York, 1986–1987, sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Lotus Transcendent: Indian and Southeast Asian Art from the Samuel Eilenberg Collection," October 2, 1991–June 28, 1992.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Art of the Himalayas," December 15, 2010–December 4, 2011.