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Title

Figure of Shani

late 10th century-early 11th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

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


Details


Other Title

Figure of Sani


Place where the work was made

Kurkihar Bihar India


Date

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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

267.1991



Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


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