Hand cast brass with a beautiful hand finish. The posture bent in three parts. With the head leaning to the left, the torso to the right, and the right leg in the straight position. Lots of details throughout the sculpture. Standing atop a square shape lotus base. With half Nandi and lion standing in the back. Made in India.
The Ardhanarishvara ( ’the half-female Lord’), is a form of the Hindu deity Shiva combined with his consort Parvati. Ardhanarishvara is depicted as half-male and half-female, equally split down the middle. The right half is usually the male Shiva, illustrating his traditional attributes.
Ardhanarishvara represents the synthesis of masculine and feminine energies of the universe (Purusha and Prakriti) and illustrates how Shakti, the female principle of God, is inseparable from Shiva, the male principle of God, and vice versa. The union of these principles is exalted as the root and womb of all creation. Another view is that Ardhanarishvara is a symbol of Shiva’s all-pervasive nature.
Dimensions: 6″ x 7.5″ x 18″