This exceptional statues hows us the 5 aspects of Shiva, symbolised by its five heads. The full name is Panchaukha Shiva (always with 4 arms). 5 is the Shiva's sacred number, as there are 5 matching mantras as well. Every head has a unique name and a specific power (Shakti). These are the 5 elements, the 5 senses, and they symbolise air, water, fire, heaven and earth.
This statue was covered daily with milk and yogurt (Putja) for rituals, sacrifices and purification. Due to this, the statue has been heavily corroded by lactic acid. The two holes act as drains for the milk. The Shiva is partially depicted nude for this milk ritual, hair is raised in a diadem. He's sitting on a lotus flower throne with one leg held up and the other leg hanging in Virasana (hero's posture).
Signs of wear are visible over the whole statue.
The size is 24 x 13.5 x 5 cm.
With a certificate of authenticity
and the test rapport of the Brussels Art Laboratory.
- Total nr of items
- 17th / 18th century
- Region/ Country of origin
- Theme/ depiction
- Good condition, see description
- 24×14×5 cm