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


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.