Bhairava is a fierce defender and protects his devotees from enemies like ignorance. He is depicted on this sizeable stone stela 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, pāśa (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.
Size: 31 inches H + custom mount.
Condition: Surface wear, minor chips throughout with mossy encrustation from being outdoors.
Ex David Swope, Westchester NY Collection from the 1970s-1980s.
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