Bhairava (Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore)

Bhairava This statue depicts Bhairava, a Hindu deity and a fierce manifestation of Shiva associated with annihilation. Bhairava originated in Hindu le...
Bhairava

Asian Civilisations Museum - Bhairava

This statue depicts Bhairava, a Hindu deity and a fierce manifestation of Shiva associated with annihilation. Bhairava originated in Hindu legends and is sacred to Hindus, Buddhists and Jains alike. He is worshipped throughout India and Nepal.

As a terrifying form of Shiva, he is depicted with bared teeth, wide-open eyes and flared nostrils. The serpents and skulls on his head add to the fierce image. He is seen in this statue with a skull as a begging bowl in his right hand. A figure of Bhairavi his consort sits behind his right shoulder.

He is also represented with the usual attributes of Shiva, such as the drum, a symbol of creation and time plus the trident which is now damaged in this historical sculpture. Visible is also the ascetic aspects of Shiva such as the knotted cord around his chest.

Other South Asia and Islamic world highlights from the collection include:

  • Dancing Ganesha
  • Shadow Puppet – Rama
  • Bhairava
  • The Family of Shiva
  • Apsara
  • Somaskanda
  • Vajradhara and Prajna
  • Hanuman
  • Walking Buddha

Bhairava

  • Title: Bhairava
  • Dates: 10th century
  • Provenience: Uttar Pradesh, India
  • Materials: Sandstone
  • Museum: Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore

~~~

“A beautiful woman belongs to everyone; an ugly one is yours alone.”
– Indian Proverb

~~~

Photo Credit: JOM

24 November 2023, 15:53 | Views: 2936

Add new comment

For adding a comment, please log in
or create account

0 comments