figure (ritual & belief: representations)

Bronze figure of Shiva, Parvati, and Ganesha. Shiva has five heads, panchamukha, two facing forward one above the other, and one at each side at the lower level, and a snake around his neck. Each head has a moustache. On top of each head his hair is piled up with a small head on the top. He has five pairs of arms, holding an attribute in eight of them. Upper left: club or mace; below this ?; below this a noose and in the lower left a kamandal, a mendicant's pot for holy water. Upper right: drum, damaru; below this a lotus stem; below this a goad; and lower right a rosary, mala. Round his waist he has a band of skulls and a snake. Parvati is sitting on his left knee, and a small figure of their son Ganesha is sitting on her lap. They sit atop a rectangular plinth. At the front of the plinth is a figure of Nandi; lying on the base of the plinth are a tiger skin, boar skin and elephant skin. There are two slots at the back of the plinth, probably for an arch. The figure is detachable, in three parts.

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