Shiva as Brahma(detail), late 900s or early 1000s. South India, Chola dynasty, late 10th–early 11th century. Granite; 162.6 x 48 x 80 cm. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Leonard C. Hanna Jr. Fund, this work was accepted in honor of Stanislaw Czuma in recognition of his long service to the CMA 2007.155
Shiva: A Recent Acquisition
Sunday, June 24, 2007 to Sunday, January 13, 2008
Shiva as Brahma, the museum's most recent addition to its collection of Indian art, portrays one of the principal Hindu deities as the omnipotent god who destroys the universe to recast it in a more perfect form. This representation of Shiva as Brahma joins other manifestations of this powerful god in the museum's collection, from Shiva as Nataraja, the King of Dance, to Shiva as Tripuravijaya, Victor of the Three Cities. This exquisite recent acquisition broadens the scope of the museum's holdings of Shiva in his multiple forms.