19th Century Antique Nepalese Lord of the Beasts Shiva Bhutnath Great God Red Bronze Statue
Antique Nepalese Bronze Statue
The Lord of the Beasts
Circa: 19th Century
H 8.75 in. (20.5cm), W 6.5 in. (16.5cm), D 4.5 in. (11.5cm)
Condition: minor imperfection, overall very good!
A rarely fine antique Nepalese bronze depicting Shiva is seated in lalitasana on a roaring lion. He is nearly naked, wearing only a small dhoti, armbands, and necklace with foliate ornaments, with a full bloom lotus flower clinging by his shoulder, head dressed in a chieftain helmet of pre-Buddhist Nepal and or Tibet. With the trident by his right, the Great God (Mahadeva) is leaning slightly back to his left majestically, with his right hand resting on his knee displaying the varada mudra. The mythical lion has bulging eyes framed by shaggy eyebrows, floppy ears and a mane of gracefully twirling locks, with a dragon-like jaw and a single short horn, and a double chains bell collar wrapped around his powerful neck.
The iconographical attribute of Shiva on Lion is known as Shiva Bhutnath, the Lord of the Beasts. Together they are situated on a half oval-shaped lotus pedestal, which is consecrated and sealed with a vishvavajra copper plate. The bronze is sumptuously cast and detailed with exceptional artistry that conveyed deep reverence and divine grace. The statue is in very good condition with only a few age-related minor imperfections.