This large bronze faucet features a peacock spigot and a lion-headed spout.
Since Antiquity artists in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East had produced bronze vessels in the shape of animals to hold liquids, or to serve as incense burners, oil lamps, and even fountains. Although the manufacture of such vessels lapsed in Western Europe during the early Middle Ages, this Syrian faucet decorated with animals eloquently testifies to the unbroken continuity of these traditions in lands around the Mediterranean under Islamic rule. The large scale of the faucet suggests that it might have originally served as part of a fountain.
Shiva sits with his consort on a double lotus pedestal. He has six arms, his right three are in varada mudra [a giving gesture], holds a rosary and an arrow. His left arms cup his consorts left breast and hold a lotus flower and a bow. He sits in royal ease, with one leg pendant. He wears bracelets, armlets, necklaces, earrings, and a sacred thread that stretches form his left shoulder down past his waist. On his head he wears an elaborate jatamukuta, a crown interlaced with his matted locks. Parvati sits upon his knee with one leg tucked under her and the other pendant. She is also adorned with jewelry, but wears a more modest diadem at the front of her head.
To complement Shiva’s character as an ascetic, he is also a husband and lover. His consort is known by various names, in this case as Parvati, the daughter of the Himalaya. Both the Pala dynasty in the northeast and the Cola dynasty in the south developed sophisticated traditions of bronze sculpture featuring this ideal couple. In this small but exquisite bronze from the northeast, the artist depicts Shiva and Parvati in animated and intimate conversation.
It has a slightly inverted rim and mildly surved sides tapering gradually to a narrow foot. The graze is dark greenish blue in cloor, leaning toward green. The foot was carved out from the inside tl a very shallow depth. Two parrots was carved symmetrically.
This kind of bowl may be dated to sometime in the late 13th century. Parrot design is described long tail, elliptical head and crooked beak. It was found on the bowl or vessel of the Goryeo Dynasty. Bird design represents family happiness, status rising and longevity.
The figure is standing on a lotus-shaped pedestal; the hair is tied as a knot on top of the head; a crown is also on the top. The face has two elongated ears, round eyeblows, eyes looking downward; the lips are shut; sloping sholders are wrapped with thin robe, which hung toward the knees. Right hand, showing a palm, is raised to the chest while the left hand is by the lower abdomen, as if holding something. The three wrinkles can be seen on the neck. All are made of wood.
Kannon (Kuan Yin in Chinese), is the Lord Looking Down with Compassion. Among Kannon's many manifestations, Sho Kannon is the most basic form. He is often worshipped as an individual deity.