Sir Christopher Ondaatje South Asian Gallery
Level 3, Michael Lee-Chin Crystal
Go through the black doors on your right to the South Asian/Middle Eastern gallery. Turn left when you see the Blue Lady. The Shiva Nataraja will be to your right.
Shiva Nataraja is a South Indian sculpture of the Hindu diety Shiva in his form as Lord of Dance. Traditionally, the sculpture was dressed up and carried in parades for different holidays and festivals.
Created more than 1000 years ago, Shiva in this form is posed to look as if he’s dancing. He’s dancing so fast that his hair whips around his head and he’s created a halo of fire around him.
About the Gallery
This gallery reflects the visual cultures of South Asia over the last 5,000 years. It features 350 of the best or most intriguing objects found in ROM’s growing collection of over 7,000 artifacts.
More Gallery Highlights
- Our collection of Chintz and Palampores
- Bronze figure of a Yakshi
- Kunti Sculpture (“Blue Lady”)