Aiyanar

Artist/maker unknown, India

Geography:
Made in Tamil Nadu, India, Asia

Date:
c. 8th century

Medium:
Granitic stone

Dimensions:
37 x 24 x 11 inches (94 x 61 x 27.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1973-209-1

Credit Line:
Acquired from the National Museum, New Delhi, India through the gift (by exchange) of Mary S. Irick Drexel, 1973

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Label:
Aiyanar is worshiped in southern India, where he is considered the son of Shiva and Mohini, the god Vishnu in female form. Thus, Aiyanar represents a merging of the usually separated sects focused on Shiva and Vishnu. He is identifiable by his posture, seated with his legs partially crossed and leaning his weight on one arm.