Shiva Dakshinamurti (“Shiva Who Faces South”)

Historical period(s)
Chola dynasty, 12th century
H x W x D: 57.2 x 37.1 x 19 cm (22 1/2 x 14 5/8 x 7 1/2 in)
India, Tamil Nadu state
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Sackler Gallery 22a: The Art of Knowing in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Himalayas
Sculpture, Stone


Chola dynasty (850 - 1280), Hinduism, India, Shiva, teacher

From at least 1942
C. T. Loo & Co., New York, NY method of acquisition unknown [1]

Ownership information unknown

From at least 1968-1987
Arthur M. Sackler (1913-1987), method of acquisition unknown [2]

From 1987
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Arthur M. Sackler [3]

[1] Loo exhibited the sculpture in his New York gallery in 1942, see C. T. Loo & Co., “An Exhibition of the Sculpture of Greater India: A Fully Illustrated Catalogue” [exhibition catalogue], (New York: C. T. Loo & Co., 1942), cat. 39.

[2] See the “Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Gift Inventory,” number L68.13.27, copy in object file. In 1968, Arthur M. Sackler loaned the sculpture to the Brooklyn Museum, where the museum assigned it the loan number of “L68.13.27.”

[3] Pursuant to the agreement between Arthur M. Sackler and the Smithsonian Institution, dated July 28, 1982, legal title of the donated objects was transferred to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery on September 11, 1987.

Research Completed October 17, 2022

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

C.T. Loo 1880-1957
Dr. Arthur M. Sackler 1913-1987
C.T. Loo & Company 1914-1948

Published References
  • (Introduction) Dr. John Alexander Pope. An Exhibition of the Sculpture of Greater India, a Fully Illustrated Catalogue. Exh. cat. New York. cat. 39, p. 60.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
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