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Collection

An image of Figure of Shani by

Kurkihar, Bihar, India

Title
Figure of Shani
Other titles:
Figure of Sani
Place of origin
KurkiharBiharIndia
Period
Pala Period circa 760 - 1142 → India
Year
late 10th century-early 11th century
Media category
Sculpture
Materials used
copper alloy
Dimensions

14.5 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Gift of the Margaret Hannah Olley Art Trust 1991
Accession number
267.1991
Location
Not on display
Further information

Shani (Saturn) the slow mover, is the son of the solar deity Rudra (Siva-Rudra). In this sensuous small bronze of Shani, the forward and backward thrust of the legs, the motioning of the arms and hands, and the rhythmic sideward turning of the relaxed frontal torso combine to create a graceful posture symbolic of contained energy and celestial movement. Large numbers of bronzes were produced in the Pala period, most of them for private worship.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, October 1991

Bibliography (1)

Ulrich von Schroeder, Indo-Tibetan Bronzes, Hong Kong, 1981. cat.no. 70B

Exhibition history (1)

Great gifts, great patrons, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 17 Aug 1994–19 Oct 1994