Male Fertility Divinity, Possibly Shiva

c. 120–200 CE
Location: not on view
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This sculpture was first made from a mold, then subsequently hand modeled.


This figure combines an unusual set of attributes. He has long dreadlocks over his shoulders, like an ascetic, and he holds a water pot, like a Brahmin or naga (serpent deity). Also, he seems to carry a sword and dagger like a warrior and is ithyphallic, indicating his virility and fecundity. He may best be identified as a local divinity worshipped for purposes of increasing fertility, but he could also be recognized as an early form of the Hindu god Shiva.
Male Fertility Divinity, Possibly Shiva

Male Fertility Divinity, Possibly Shiva

c. 120–200 CE

Northern India, possibly Mathura, Kushan period

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