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Head of Shiva Bhairava, 9th century

Unknown (Indian, Madhya Pradesh - 9th century)

brown sandstone
66 cm high
Gift of Max Tanenbaum, Toronto, 1978
National Gallery of Canada (no. 23246)

In his wrathful aspect as Bhairava, Shiva combats the passions and desires which attach the soul to the material world. The moon crescent in his hair is the symbol of his divine power.

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