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Indian bronze figure of Bhairva and Vahana.

Figure of Bhairva and Vahana (Siva and his dog), bronze, maker unknown, South India, 1500s Small bronze figure of Bhairava (Siva's wrathful manifestation) standing with feet slightly apart on a small, flat, plain rectangular base. Behind his legs is a dog (Vahana) wearing a collar. The figure is that of a naked male with four arms bent at the elbows; the rear two arms are held out to the side and the front pair reach forwards. All four hands clasp an attribute. The figure wears anklets, bracelets, armlets, earrings and sacred thread; his hair stands up from the head in the shape of flames.

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(Accession num: 2003/136/5)

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