Natesa, a rare sandstone idol

Part of: GS Prelims and Mains I – Art and Culture 

In news: 

  • Natesa, a rare sandstone idol which was smuggled to return to India after 22 years 
  • The idol depicts Shiva in the 9th century Prathihara style of Rajasthan 
  • It was originally from the Ghateswara Temple, Baroli, Rajasthan 
  • A beautiful depiction of Nandi is shown behind the right leg of the Natesa icon. 

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