11th century Historical sculptures

11th century Historical sculptures

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Shiva Seated with Uma (Umamaheshvara) - 11th century Copper Alloy Sculpture, Nepal (Kathmandu Valley)

11th century Historical sculptures. There are lot more to say about history. but… we found very few. These sculptures are proof that we have history. There is something happend ages before we must know. I’m just giving these sculptures in a gallery enjoy 🙂

Shiva Seated with Uma (Umamaheshvara) - 11th century, Thakuri dynasty, Copper Alloy Sculpture, Nepal (Kathmandu Valley)
Shiva Seated with Uma (Umamaheshvara) – 11th century, Thakuri dynasty, Copper Alloy Sculpture, Nepal (Kathmandu Valley)

Mahakala is a wrathful manifestation of Shiva Bhairava, taken up in an Esoteric Buddhist context as a fierce manifestation of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara as guardian of the dharma (Buddhist law) and the sangha (community of monks and nuns).

He is shown here enthroned on a lotus cushion—another supports his pendant foot—wielding a sword and trident and displaying a skull cup (kapala); his missing fourth hand likely held the flaying knife.

He wears a skull diadem with radiating flames. A skull garland is slung around his waist, and snakes form his sacred cord and armbands. A kneeling couple, presumably the donors who commissioned the icon, make an offering below.

A Sanskrit inscription in proto-Bengali script identifies them: it states, in part, “this is the pious gift of Dahapati.”

 

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