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Siva temple, Back wall, panel right of Trimurti: Marriage of Siva and Parvati

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Title: Siva temple, Back wall, panel right of Trimurti: Marriage of Siva and Parvati
Author(s): Zimmer, Heinrich Robert
Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Deccan-- Western Cave Temples-- Elephanta;architecture;stone sculpture;book scan
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: (Rowland, p. 188) The representation of Siva's Wedding is a timeless scene of bliss, its setting a deep grotto, the cavern of the heart, 'wherein the fire of life, the energy of the creator, is quick with the ardour of its eternal source and at the same instant throbbing with the pulse of time'. This is a scene of complete tranquillity and peace. The columnar figures of Siva and his spouse are set off against a recess of darkness, in which hover the forms of countless airborne devas come to praise the climax of the god's union with his Himalayan bride, a wedding that typifies the world and all its myriads proceeding from the reunion of the One who was never divided. The mood of untrammelled, ideal love is enhanced by every aspect of pose and gesture - the tenderness with which Siva turns to this consort, and the gentle swaing of Parvati's youthful body. Bold conceptions in terms of light and shade. Probably theatrical aspect not accidentla, for in the Indan art, as in Indian philosophy, all life, even the life of the gods, is a lila, an illusion of play set against the background of eternity. (Source: H. Zimmer, The Art of Indian Asia, New York, Pantheon Books, 1955, ill. 257)
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-1542


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