Ardhanarishvara (Shiva & Parvati as one)
This iconographic representation of Shiva as Ardhanarisvara with one half of the body as male and the other half as female (Parvati) demonstrates the power of the primordial genders (Purusha and Prakriti). The concept is an extension of the Linga and Yoni, the male and female organs which have their representation in Indus culture as early as 4000 years ago. The concept embraces procreation, the engine of human race and the equality of power of the genders. According to Ellen Goldberg the traditional Sanskrit name for this form (Ardhanrvara) is best translated as "the lord who is half woman". According to legend, Lord Shiva is pleased by the difficult austerities performed by the goddess Parvati, grants her the left half of his body. This form of Shiva is quite similar to the Yin-Yang philosophy of Eastern Asia although Ardhanarishvara appears to be more ancient.

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Ardhanarishvara, Lord who is hallf woman, South Indian bronze H 6.1, ca 19th - 20th century
Ardhanarishvara, Lord who is hallf woman, South Indian bronze H 6.1, ca 19th - 20th century
£195.00
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Shiva, iconic bronze as Ardhanarisvara, very finely sculptured, ca 19th century 12.5 "
Shiva, iconic bronze as Ardhanarisvara, very finely sculptured, ca 19th century 12.5 "
£354.00
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South Indian bronze of Ardhanari (Ardhanareeswar), androgynous fusion image of Shiva & Parvati 22.3 cm, ca 19th - 20th century
South Indian bronze of Ardhanari (Ardhanareeswar), androgynous fusion image of Shiva & Parvati 22.3 cm, ca 19th - 20th century
£398.00
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A large heavy South Indian bronze of Ardhanarishvara (Ardhanrvara),  Wt 10.0 Kg, H 21 X L 7.6 X W 6.0 ca early 20th century.
A large heavy South Indian bronze of Ardhanarishvara (Ardhanrvara), Wt 10.0 Kg, H 21 X L 7.6 X W 6.0 ca early 20th century.
£420.00
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Rare large South Indian bronze of Siva Ardhanari (Ardhanareeswar), 11.3" ca 19th century
Rare large South Indian bronze of Siva Ardhanari (Ardhanareeswar), 11.3" ca 19th century
£680.00
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Rare large South Indian bronze of Shiva Ardhanari standing on a circular floral pedestal, , 11.3" ca 19th century or earlier
Rare large South Indian bronze of Shiva Ardhanari standing on a circular floral pedestal, , 11.3" ca 19th century or earlier
£980.00
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