stone head of harihara ( SOLD )

Item Info

Origin Bihar, India
Period Pala dynasty , 11~12c
Price SOLD

Item Description

Stone head of harihara (half shiva & half vishnu)

Black volcanic stone

No repair

60cm with stand, 35cm without

Harihara is the name of a combined deity form of both Vishnu (Hari) and Shiva (Hara) from the Hindutradition. Also known as Shankaranarayana (“Shankara” is Shiva, and “Narayana” is Vishnu), Harihara is thus worshipped by both Vaishnavites and Shaivites as a form of the Supreme God, as well as being a figure of worship for other Hindu traditions in general. Harihara is also sometimes used as a philosophical term to denote the unity of Vishnu and Shiva as different aspects of the same Supreme God. The exact nature of both Vishnu and Shiva (from their associated stories in Vedic and Puranic scriptures), and their position of difference or unity (or both), is a subject of some debate amongst the different philosophical schools.