“Let us meditate on 5-faced Rudra who is shining like a clear crystal. Yellow, white, green, red and black are the colours of 5 faces. The Shiva is with long hairs with moon tied into them, he is with his consort Uma and has serpents as his ornaments.” By Madvacharya
Translated and provided by K Subodh Bhat
Sadasiva’s attributes include prayer beads, drum, lotus flower, arrow, dagger, Mirga (antelope), Trishul, club(?), lotus bud, begging bowl and water container (Kamandala). The begging bowl and water container are held in the lowermost left hand.
Not all heads are attached to the body and this reminds of the depiction of Ravana with his ten heads. The primary head has a linga at the top of his crown. An unusual depiction of Siva with aniconic representation of himself.
Sadasiva means eternal Siva and another blog on this site has more details on Sadasiva.
Back is worked on and the nature of work is cursory. Uma’s left arm is broken but that does take away the importance of this bronze.
By arranging the hands in three layers the craftsman has managed to create a complex sculpture (Five heads, ten arms and each with distinct attributes and three other figures) with elegance. See the profile picture.
This bronze is only 10 cm in height. This may date to the eighteenth/nineteenth century.