Indian and Himalayan Art
AiyanarMade in Tamil Nadu, India, Asia
c. 8th century
Artist/maker unknown, India
Currently not on view
1973-209-1Acquired from the National Museum, New Delhi, India through the gift (by exchange) of Mary S. Irick Drexel, 1973
LabelAiyanar 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.