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Statue of Shiva from India

This brass statue is from India. It depicts the Hindu god Shiva, known as the destroyer. He is depicted holding a 'damru' (a musical instrument), a snake, a sword and a shield, and is shown slaying a demon.

Shiva is one of the three gods in the Hindu 'trimurti': Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. These gods are known respectively as the creator, the preserver and the destroyer. Shiva represents elements of good and evil, as he destroys the universe but does so constructively in order to recreate and improve it.

Museum object number REDMG : 2001.107.4

height 110 mm, width 49 mm

See related topic: World Collection: Belief

'Who is Shiva?', an article in the BBC Religions series.