large and splendid bronze Shiva, in classic Ayutthaya style dating back to the
15th-18th century, well-cast and highly detailed with raised ornamentation of
floral and foliate forms, adornments of jeweled necklaces, girdle and crown of
flames, with flames rising from his body, his two front hands clasped in devotional
gesture, his feet placed firmly apart as he stands on the bull, Nandi. Most of
the allover gilding remains, lending warmth and luminosity. Shiva holds in his
eight extended arms the attributes associated with his cosmic activities: the
trident, axe, sword, knife, disk and goad.