Shanthi Chandra-Sekar's Favorite Artwork
Artist Shanthi Chandra-Sekar responds to my call for readers' favorite work of art and writes:
It is the Chola bronze of Nataraja. I always get inspired when I look at a sculpture of Nataraja. According to Indian philosophy, he represents Space and I love this sculpture for its use of space. It is so totally packed with symbolism and meaning that the more I look at it, the more I learn from it.
I am currently reading a book by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy called The Dance of Shiva in which he describes the symbolism of Nataraja. Coomaraswamy is known for introducing the Nataraja sculpture to the West.
Shiva Nataraja, ca. 990, Indian
Chola dynasty, Bronze, India