"Stone Sculpture Representative The God Shiva, South India, XIII S."Serpentine stela representing Shiva Hindu god, member of Trimurti, with Brahma and Vishnu. He is the creator, the preserver, the transformer, the concealer and the revealer, in the Shivaite tradition of Hinduism. Represented with a third eye, a cobra (symbol of power), it carries a trident, a drum with balls, often a skin of tiger. From his hair flows the Ganges, and he rides the bull Nandi. He is accompanied by his dog and emaciated gnomes, haunting fields and crematoria to the sound of a trumpet cut in a femur and percussion instruments, and lives on Mount Kailash, in the Himalayas. breaks, erosion, missing an arm. cf. "sculpture of the Indies", A.Neven Similar work to the Guimet Museum, Paris. South India, Southern Karnataka ?, 13th century.