DART to Adventure at the DMA: India


Shiva Nataraja, India, Chola dynasty, 11th century, bronze, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Mrs. Eugene McDermott, the Hamon Charitable Foundation, and an anonymous donor in honor of David T. Owsley, with additional funding from The Cecil and Ida Green Foundation and the Cecil and Ida Green Acquisition Fund, 2000.377

We’re back for the next installment of our DMA adventure around the world to inspire young artists for the DART Student Art Contest. Today we’ll be travelling to India with a visit to Shiva Nataraja.

Shiva is the Hindu god of creation, destruction and rebirth. He is represented here as Shiva Nataraja, the lord of the dance. He dances in a circle of fire while holding the flame of death in one hand and the drum that beats the rhythm of creation in another. His right foot crushes a figure representing ignorance, while his outstretched left foot symbolizes salvation and release from the cycle of rebirth.

DART to your next visit at the DMA and get inspired on your own adventure through our permanent collection – all for FREE!

Post by Sarah Coffey, Education Coordinator at the DMA.

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