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Parvati, Chola Bronze, Tamil Nadu (Saraswati Mahal Art Gallery, Thanjavur). The bronzes of the early Chola period are among the masterpieces of the art of India.

Details of Chola and Pallava bronze statues (9th to 13th century AD). Bronze Gallery, Pantheon Complex. Cennai Madras), India.

Asia Society discussion of Shiva Nataraja. Shiva as Lord of Dance (Nataraja). Hindu; India (Tamil Nadu), Chola Dynasty. c. 11th century C.E. Cast bronze.

Detail, Chola and Pallava bronze statues (9th to 13th century AD). Bronze Gallery, Pantheon Complex. Cennai Madras), India. | Flickr - Photo Sharing! © Daniel Virella

#Rama Rama can be identified by the position of his hands, which indicates that he is holding a bow and arrow.Tamil Nadu; Chola period, 11th C. Rama is one of the most popular of Vishnu's 10 incarnations. The hero of the #Hindu epic poem the #Ramayana, which centers on the abduction of Rama's wife Sita by the demon-king Ravanna and of her rescue by Rama, his brother Lakshmana, and the chief of the monkey army, Hanuman.

Queen Sembiyan Mahadevi as the Goddess Parvati. Chola dynasty, 10th C. India. Chola sculpures are distinctive for their sensuous swaying hips highlighted by the negative space created by the body hugging arms; rounded limbs, and delicate sheer ornamentation. Freer Gallery of Art, Washington DC