India, Rajasthan or Uttar Pradesh
Circa 12th century
H. 81 cm or 32
Standing in an elegant tribhanga, Bhairava, the wrathful form of Shiva, is wearing a long dhoti secured with a beaded festooned belt, the sacred thread about his torso.
The god is adorned with multiple necklaces, armlets and earrings. His bearded face shows almond-shaped eyes and his hair is pulled into a high chignon secured by a jewelled tiara, backed by a flaming halo.
The stele is decorated with multiple deities on either side, flanked by mythical beasts and with flying celestial beings above. The front of the base presents animals and two devotees with hands folded in adoration flanking Shiva’s mount, Nandi.
Provenance: Private collection, England, since the 1980s.
Private collection, France, acquired from Christie’s New York, 21 september 2007, lot 82.
Art Loss Register Certificate, ref. S00090106
- Amina Okada, Sculptures indiennes du Musée Guimet, p. 189-191.
- Pratapaditya Pal, Indian Sculpture, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, p. 288-289.