Masterpiece Antique Indonesian Style Seated Bronze Javanese Majapahit Shiva Statue - 15cm/6"
Measures (Height) 15cm/6"
An Indonesian (Java) enthroned Shiva in 13th century Indonesian Majapahit style. Shiva is seated on a double lotus flower base, which is itself seated on a raised, decorated pedestal. He is seated, in virasana, cross-legged symbol of Serenity.
The lower right hand holds a lotus bud, symbolising his purity. His lower left hand holds a Kalasha.
The kalasha is considered a symbol of abundance and "source of life" in the Vedas. It is referred to as "overflowing full vase" in the Vedas. The Kalasha is believed to contain amrita, the elixir of life, and thus is viewed as a symbol of abundance, wisdom, and immortality.
His right hand holds his gada or mace symbolising his mental and physical strength.
Shiva is dressed in a simple robe, with a sash tied around his waist and is wearing a number of pieces of ornate jewellery, including crown, necklace and earrings. As the destroyer, Shiva is regarded as limitless, transcendent and unchanging. Shiva is also regarded as the patron god of yoga, meditation and arts.
Shiva is part of the Hindu holy trimurti which includes Brahma and Vishnu.
The Trilochana of Shiva can be seen on his forehead - the Three-Eyed Lord. It is the eye of wisdom, free from Maya, the illusion, and duality of life. It is also believed to be the source of his untamed energy.
The crescent moon is shown on the front of the Lord's head as an ornament. The waxing and waning phenomenon of the moon symbolises the time cycle through which creation evolves from the beginning to the end.
Since Shiva is the Eternal Reality, He is beyond time. Thus, the crescent moon is only one of His ornaments. His hair is piled in a tripartite chignon decorated with a cockade and is discretely adorned with only a necklace, diamond shaped earrings, a Yajnopavita (Scared Brahmanical thread) and a single bangle on each wrist.
Provenance: Ex- private Singapore collection. All items are guaranteed to be as described. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all purchases upon request.
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