Bronze figure of Śiva as Bhairava. He is depicted naked except for his ornaments and a garland of skulls draped around his body. His matted hair and high sandals are typical of wandering beggars. Round, bulging eyes and protruding fangs emphasize his violent nature. In the upper pair of hands are the two typical attributes of Śiva, the trident and the hourglass-shaped drum around which a cobra is coiled. In the lower left hand is a severed head and a skull cup. The lower right, now empty, would have probably carried a sword. Bhairava is followed by a dog, 'the most impure of animals', licking the blood which oozes from the severed head.

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Thing

Exhibition
G33 Hotung Gallery
Made Of
bronze
Type of Thing
figure
Subject
deity

People

Acquired From
Spink & Son Ltd to The British Museum
Depicted
Śiva

Place

Found In
Deccan
Made In
Karnataka

Time

Acquired In
1967
Made
950, circa
Period/Culture
Hoysala

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