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    Javanese Cast Silver Image of Shiva with Bronze Yoni Base

    Java, Indonesia
    Classical Period, 9th century

    height of Shiva: 8.3cm, ensemble height (with stand): 11.6cm, weight of Shiva: 146g



    Private Collection, London, UK.

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    This rare and particularly fine silver figure of Shiva, four armed, and seated in vajrasana on a double lotus throne atop a rectangular bronze yoni base, has been cast and finished with particularly crisp detailing, including jewellery and patterning on its robes. Additionally, there is a tiger skin wrapped around the waist.

    The upper left hand holds a fly whisk, the upper right what might be a lotus, and the other two hands are clasped in anjalimudra. The hair is matted and piled high, and a third eye is visible on the forehead.

    The face is serene and contemplative.

    A hole in the back suggests a missing backplate.

    The associated waisted bronze yoni base has an oval well into which the oval base of the Shiva figure sits well. The two seem to go together and may have always been together but there is no way of knowing that this is definitely the case.

    The yoni base sits on a high-quality, custom-made stand.

    See here for a related Srivajaya object.


    Fontein, J., et al, The Sculpture of Indonesia, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1990.

    Kempers, A.J.B., Ancient Indonesian Art, CPJ ven der Peet (Amsterdam), 1959.

    Lerner, M. & S. Kossak, The Lotus Transcendent: Indian and Southeast Asian Art from the Samuel Eilenberg Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1991.

    Lunsingh Scheurleer, P., & M.J. Klokke, Ancient Indonesian Bronzes: A Catalogue of the Exhibition in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam with a General Introduction, E.J. Brill, 1988.

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