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Culture:Indian, Bihar, Pala period
Title:Stele of Uma-Mahesvara
Date Made:9th-10th century
Materials:gray schist
Accession Number:  AC 1984.24
Credit Line:Gift of Dr. and Mrs. James Miller (Class of 1960)
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

The bull and lion identify the figures of Siva and his spouse, variously known as Uma, Parvati or Ambika. The iconography of Siva's family emphasizes conjugal intimacy as Siva is often shown tenderly caressing Uma.

bodies; couples; figures; Hinduism; icons; lovers

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