6 inches. Hand painted Ganges clay.
Symbol of inner balance. Lord of creation and destruction, here pictured in his aspect as yogi-ascetic. Lotus-seated upon a tiger skin, third eye focused in meditation, he dispassionately oversees the creation and disintegration of the material universe. From his matted locks springs the Ganges, symbolic of fertility and purification. His serpent necklace implies the life force that underlies all being. A Dravidian epoch Green Man, Shiva’s worship predates 5000 BCE. The crescent moon in his hair and trisula markings on his forehead signify his horned Minotaur aspect.
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