13574. Indian Granite Stone Figure of Bhairava
South India, Tamil Nadu, Vijayanagar Period, Ca 13th to 15th century AD
Finely carved, the tantric form of Shiva standing, holding attributes, the lost lower hands would have held a trident and and skull bowl. Adorned with various simple jewelry, he is naked and his hair is arranged in a flaming triangular halo. A dog with a curling tail is pushing against the back of his legs, the god's constant companion.