This murti of Virabhadra is a copper alloy lost wax casting. It is rather worn from ritual worship so many features of the original piece have been softened into a lustrous patina. Virabhadra’s tribhanga posture shows him resting on the high sandals, holding in his four hands a bow, arrow, knife, and shield resting on a snake. It is possible that the facial features were accentuated after years of worship removed most marks.
Virabhadra is a fierce manifestation of Lord Shiva who came into being after Shiva learns of the self-immolation of his beloved, Sati, after insults delivered by Prajapati Daksh. Shiva leaves Virabhadra to handle the fallout from this event while Shiva carries the smoldering body of his beloved out into the Universe and begins his Tandava dance.
Virabhadra is a powerful warrior. He is revered as a hero and a major force in the destruction of illusion, ego, and ignorance.
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18th c, or older. The image is rather worn and features softened from ritual worship.
6 3/4" (17cm) x 3 1/2" (9 cm) x 2 1/4" (6 cm)