Sivakami (Uma)


SivakamiUma or Parvati while accompanying Nataraja is called Sivakami. Nataraja and Sivakami are normally on separate pedestals. It is not surprising given Nataraja’s form.

Here Sivakami is framed by a prabhavali with flames, similar to what you see in Nataraja’s sculptures, and she is accompanied by two attendants. Graceful as she is,  her standing in Tribanga (three bends) adds to the grace.Sivakami(Back)

This statue must have meant a lot. See the delineation of Sivakami’s fingers, her form including slender waist, the design of ear ornaments, detailing on the pedestal and the multi-level pedestal.

Normally South Indian bronzes the back is worked on, despite the fact the back is normally not seen. In this bronze, the back of the prabhavali and the flames is also detailed. Class work.

Vidya Dehejia’s book on The Sensuous and the Sacred has, on page 85 Figure 4, there is a photograph of a goddess with two attendants. That bronze is from Thiruvenkadu temple. However, the goddess is not identified in that book.

The incision of lotus on the pedestal, high copper content and the subject itself points to Tamil Nadu as the origin. There is some wear showing handling and this may date prior to the nineteenth century.

The bronze is about 12 cm in height.


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