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Title Tripurantaka
Museum Name National Museum, New Delhi
Gallery Name Archaeology
Object Type Archaeology
Main Material Bronze
Country India
Origin Place South India
Patron/Dynasty Early Chola
Period / Year of Work 9th Century AD
Dimensions Ht. 98.0 Wd. 39.0 cm. Dep. 30.0 cm.
Detailed Description This is an exquisite example of two armed bronze image of Siva- Tripurantaka, shown standing firmly on his taut right leg and the left leg bent at the knee on a double lotus pedestal. The arms are in the gesture of holding the bow. His hair are arranged in high jata-mukuta. He wears a fillet, forming loops on forehead, necklaces, skandhamala on right shoulder. It is decorated with a chain of flowers on either side, armlets, bracelets, yajnopavita, udarabandha and anklets. The lower garments consist of the short drawer, decorated with geometric and floral designs, secured at the waist by the girdle having a kirtimukha clasp in the centre. It is finally modelled and well proportioned example of early Chola art where the artist could assimilate his heroic deed and his blissful posture in a single image. Tripurantaka form of Siva is presented in a warrior pose riding a chariot of which the Vedas were the horses, Brahma the charioteer, ready to shoot an arrow to destroy the impregnable three cities of the demons, releasing them from ignorance to immortality. The stone sculptures are vividly carved with this theme. However, in bronze the Lord in this pose only holds the bow and arrow that symbolizes his heroic deed. The theme was very popular with the Chola artists but was known in the time of the Pallava also.
Brief Description An exquisite figure of Tripurantaka standing on lotus pedestal. He is two armed, the left in the posture of holding the bow and the right holding an arrow. The high matted crown is decorated with jewelled band tied into the side with knots. He is wearing the usual ornaments.