New York, October 2016 – Ancient Indian epics tell the story of how Shiva showed yoga to his divine consort Parvati for the first time while a dolphin in the river Ganges was listening to him. When he heard the god’s teachings, the dolphin was turned into a man and was called Matsyendra, the Fish King. This disciple would later be Shiva Mahadeva Nath, the creator of yoga.
Fascinated by the wealth of his iconography, Lladró artists have given life toLord Shiva (01001981), the Hindu god of meditation and the arts, in a limited edition of 720 units made in Lladró High Porcelain, the brand’s maximum artistic category. In these creations, Lladró puts all its potential at the service of creativity, without restrictions in deadlines or technical limitations, paying them the painstaking attention to detail that goes into great works of art.
Artistically speaking, it is worth underscoring the bright greyish blue coloring of the skin, covered by ashes to convey the fact that death is the ultimate reality of life. In addition, it boasts many complex decorative techniques, like golden luster, underlining its majestic character.
This decorative abundance embraces everything from the bracelets to the ribbons around his hair as well as the flowers that decorate the headdress and the garland, all handmade petal by petal. Shiva’s attributes are finely worked and defined with a host of details: the trident which is the symbol of his power; the drum which marks the beat of the cosmos; the snake that Parvati tied around his neck to stop him from swallowing poison; the bands of rudraksha, a sacred seed with medicinal powers; and the bun in his hair from which the river Ganges flows and the god intercepts as if falls so that it does not flood the Earth.
Symbolism and craftsmanship are combined in this High Porcelain piece that is a true gem in itself. The sculpture is rounded off by a base with a special shape that provides room for the optional piece Lingam (01001981), a sacred symbol used to worship Shiva and to overcome any situation that impedes personal growth.
Lladró was established by the brothers Juan, José and Vicente Lladró in 1953 in Valencia, Spain. Since then, the brand has undergone an amazing metamorphosis from an artisan workshop to a huge firm that holds a presence in over 120 countries and is at the forefront of contemporary porcelain design. All Lladró pieces are the fruit of a painstaking handmade process of creation, still carried out entirely in the workshops of the brand in Valencia. For further information on Lladró, visit www.lladro.com.
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