Buddhism and Hinduism were both practiced in Nepal, and the same artists made sculptures for both religions. The elegant proportions, relaxed postures, and simple garments and jewelry worn by these figures of the Hindu deities Shiva and Parvati in a small bronze date this sculpture to the late 10th or early 11th century. Such Uma-Maheshvara images were popular in Nepal, and many variants on the theme were produced in bronze and stone. In general, such sculptures are identified by the deities' attributes--for instance, Shiva's trident or mismatched earrings, or Parvati's flower--and the presence of Shiva's bull and Parvati's lion. In the case of this charming bronze, however, the combination of the man and woman and their effectionate postures are enough to identify the divine couple.