South India, Chola period (900-13th Century)
Overall - h:76.10 cm (h:29 15/16 inches)
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund
Shiva as Victor of the Three Cities celebrates the god's triumphant battle over demons who had ruled three cities, each made of gold, silver, or iron, for over a thousand years. Shiva's back hands hold an ax and a deer as the front are posed to hold a bow and arrow (now missing). He stands in the flexible tribhangana (triple-bent) pose, which molds the body into an elegant S-curve. Originally, the bronze had an accompanying figure of Uma-like cat. no. 5-which is now missing.