An image of Shiva and his family

Unknown Artist

Shiva and his family

Location
Not on display
Further information

This is a family portrait of the Hindu god Shiva on Mount Kailasha. Shiva sits on a leopard skin with dishevelled hair, a sign of his ascetic practices. He is surrounded by his wife Parvati, his elephant-headed son, Ganesha, and multi-headed son, Karttikeya, who play the musical instruments vina and drums. Shiva’s bull mount, Nandi, Ganesha's rat mount and Karttikeya's peacock mount relax around the group.

Place of origin
India
Cultural origin
Pahari, Kangra or Garhwahl (?)
Year
1780-1800
Media
Miniature, Painting, Watercolour
Medium
opaque watercolour (gouache) on paper
Dimensions
26.0 x 19.2 cm
Credit
Gift of Dr Nigel and Mrs Norma Hawkins 2010. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Accession number
27.2010
Provenance
Dr Nigel and Mrs Norma Hawkins, pre Feb 2010, Australia, gift to the Art Gallery of New South Wales by Dr Nigel and Mrs Norma Hawkins, Australia, 2010.