Times & Places

Chola dynasty

The Chola Dynasty (c. 860-1279 A.D.), to which the Dallas Museum of Art Shiva Nataraja dates, dominated southern India for nearly four centuries and expanded as far as Sri Lanka and the Maldive Islands. This period saw the production of exquisite portable bronzes depicting Hindu figures, as well as the flourishing of performance arts. Chola art and architecture were intended to communicate the power, wealth, and piety of the dynasty’s rulers. Shiva in the form of Nataraja became particularly popular during this period as the kings of the Chola dynasty regularly patronized the great Shiva Nataraja temple in Chidambaram.

Excerpt from

DMA Connect, 2012.

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