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Hindu holy family - Siva and Parvati on Mt Kailasa, c. 1750

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CollectionsArthur Llewellyn Basham
Title: Hindu holy family - Siva and Parvati on Mt Kailasa, c. 1750
Author(s): Edwardes, Michael
Photographer: Basham, Arthur Llewellyn
Keywords: Pahari Painting: Guler (1740-1770), Guler-Kangra
paintings
miniatures
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Description: Shows Guler painting of the mid-18th century at a time when lush naturalism has superseded stark simplicity. Shiva and Parvati with their children, Ganesha and Skanda, are engaged in domestic tasks, Shiva sewing pink cloth, and Parvati (a form of Devi) stringing human heads into a necklace assisted by Skanda. Ganesha, seated with his attribute, the rat, is fondling a cobra entwined round Shiva's neck, while in the foreground, Skanda's vehicle, the peacock, looks intently at Siva's mount, the white bull Nandi. Each has a calm nobility of expression and Parvati displays that deliberate research into physical charm which Coomaraswamy regarded as one of the prime aspects of the school. Behind Parvati is a dozing lion. Over everything hangs a mood of pastoral content, to which the cranes and egrets stalking by the lotus pond, the pair of cheetahs lying together and the snake peacefully slithering up a hillside make gentle contributions. -- 10.5 x 7 inches.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/188285
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-3334

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