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Antique India Bronze Shiva Statue
Chakkarathalvar
Bhairava and Narasima

Origin: India. Circa: 19th-early 20th century
H 12 in.(31cm), W 9 in.(23cm), D 4 in.(10cm)
Condition: excellent!


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This antique Indian bronze statue is a magnificent depiction of Chakkarathalvar a deity who is a rare fusion of both Vishnu and Shiva in their most powerful manifestations: Shiva as Bhairava and Vishnu as Narasima the Lion Headed Avatar. Bhairava (depicted here on the front of the statue) is Shiva at his most terrifying, at his most fearful. It is said that those who meet Bhairava must confront the source of their own fears. Bhairava is a gateway deity that leads ultimately to moksha--release and enlightenment. Visnue Narasima (depicted here on the back of the statue) is a half lion half human, a powerful being that embodies in wholeness that which is not one thing or the other.

Chakkarathalavar, to our knowledge is found publicly in only one temple in India at Tiruchirapalli at the Thiruvarangam Sri Ranganathaswamy temple in Tamil Nadu. Both the symbols for Vishnu (the Six Pointed Star) and Shiva (The Ring of Fire) are behind this magnificent sixteen armed statue..The two frontal arms carry the mace (gada) and the trident (trisula) for Shiva. The two upper arms carry the wheel (chakra) and the conch (shanka) for Vishnu. The rest of the arms carrying an axe (pa) arrow (bana) bow (dhanusa) ankush (goda) book (pustaka) shield (khetaka) drum (damaru) and the noose and the dart (phurpa). This statue is a rare find that exquisitely evokes the powerful presence of these deities. The bronze is in excellent condition. (SD)

  
  
  
  
  
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