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2. Virabadhra Plate from India
Karnataka, India
18th-19th c.
brass
Virabadhra Plate from India

Virabhadra came into being after Daksha insulted Shiva’s wife who subsequently comitted suicide and Shiva created him as a form of himself and gave him an army to take revenge from Daksha. Virabhadra cut off Daksha’s head in a battle. The other gods persuaded Shiva to bring Daksha back to life. But Daksha’s head could not be found and so it was substituted with the head of a ram, as can be seen in this plate

He is shown four-armed with a spear, a bow, a sword and a shield

Over his head a seven-headed snake

Around him an arc with Kirthimukkha on top

Dakhsa, his human head replaced with a ram’s head, is on his left, Badhrakali, his consort, on the right.

On top left the Nandi and the sun, top right moon and lingam/yoni

On the back a handle to hold it in front of a Shiva Statue during the puja
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