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Maker(s):Unknown
Culture:Indian, Himachal Pradesh
Title:Processional Image of Shiva (Mohra)
Date Made:ca. 18th century CE
Type:Sculpture
Materials:cast brass
Measurements:Overall: 9 1/8 in x 6 3/8 in x 2 in; 23.2 cm x 16.2 cm x 5.1 cm
Accession Number:  AC 1985.2
Credit Line:Gift of Dr. Barbara Stoler Miller, in honor of James R. Miller, M.D., Class of 1960
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Description:
A mohra (deity) is an divine image in the form of a bust which was used in procession during festivals. Almost all depict Shiva or his spouse Uma and are made of brass using the lost-wax casting method. Although technical and stylistic aspects recall much older metalwork, going back to the 14th century, this represents the middle ground between ancient cultural traditions and modern practice.

Tags:
busts; deities; headdresses; Hinduism; portraits; religion

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