This is a sculpture mask of Shiva. Shiva is a form of Eashwara or God in the Vedic scriptures or as corrupted in Hinduism. Adi Sankara interprets the name Shiva to mean “One who purifies everyone by the utterance of His name” or the Pure One, that is, one who is not affected by the three gunas (characteristics) of Prakrti (matter): Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas. However, Shiva is commonly known as “the destroyer.” Additionally, Shiva can also mean, “the Auspicious One.” He is often depicted as the husband of Uma. In the process of creation, Lord Shiva is the primeval being and creates the other members of the trimurti. He is symbolized by the wisdom of the Serpent. Mahadeva is another name for Shiva.
Made of cast stone. Cast stone is a type of gypsum cement whose properties are much different from plaster of paris which is what most sculpture shops use. Unlike plaster, which is soft, light and weak, cast stone is hard, heavy and strong. Cast stone feels like, and is heavy like a real stone would be, which can be experienced as soon you try to lift it.
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