The charcoal-coloured complexion with inky blue undertones conveys the sattva of Lord Shiva’s being. Fashioned from superior-quality brass and coated with oxidised colour, this murti is an expressive work of art. An integral component is the dynamism pervading the subject - clearly, Mahadeva is in the midst of the all-annihilating tandava. From the angles at which His torso curves at multiple junctures to the undulations of the muscles of His limbs, the artisan has finished each aspect of the Nataraja with lifelike detail.
Note the sheer proportion of detail within the Lord’s divine adornments. A tall, tapering crown against the background of a luxuriantly engraved halo. Necklaces that start at the clavicles and descend all the way down to the navel. Numerous bracelets and anklets accentuating the beauty of His limbs, and silken sashes dangling from His shoulders. The whole composition is tipped upon a blooming lotus and pedestal, which are in keeping with the monotone mood of the work.