Becky Haaf, 2021

Shiva Nataraja (Lord of the Dance)

2 year Art in Bloom participant

Floral Products Used: protea, hypericum, eryngium

Shiva Nataraja, Lord of the Dance. I used the exotic proteas as his body. The curly willow, hypericum (berries), eryngium (purple-green spike flowers) and peace lily leaves represent his grace and skill keeping creation and destruction in balance.

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Found in a temple near Pondicherry. The figure represents cosmic activity. The significance of the gestures is as follows the drum in the right hand signifies creation; the fire in the upper left hand, destruction; the abaya (fear not) position of the lower right hand, protection; the position of the raised left foot, salvation; the foot placed on the prostrate dwarf, Apasmarapurusa, removal of illusion/ignorance.

Shiva Nataraja (Lord of the Dance), c. 1100

India

Bronze

Gift of Mrs. E. C. Gale 29.2

On View in Gallery 211

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