Central India, Northern Madya Pradesh

Three Male Shaivite Attendants with Nandi

10th Century

Red sandstone

Gift of William C. Luban


This fragment is from the lower left portion of a stele from the facade of a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Shiva is identified by the depiction of his faithful mount, the bull Nandi, and by the staff topped with a skull held by the central attendant. The attendants wear their hair in the elaborately matted crowns that, despite regal jewelry, mark them as mendicants or yogis.

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