India Carved Stone Stele of Lord Bhairava

13577. India Carved Stone Stele of Lord Bhairava

South India, Ca 11th to 12th century AD

Bhairava is a fierce defender and protects his devotees from enemies like ignorance. He is depicted in a standing position with four arms, ornamented with a range of twisted serpents, which serve as earrings, bracelets, anklets. He has a has a dog (Shvan) as his divine vahana (vehicle).

His weapons are drum, pasa (noose), trident and skull. His weapons, the dog, protruding teeth, terrifying looks, and a garland with red flowers all give him a frightening appearance.

There is a similar work at the Guimet Museum, Paris.

31 inches H + custom mount.

Condition: Surface wear, minor chips throughout with mossy encrustation from being outdoors.
Ex David Swope, Westchester NY Collection.

$6,500


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