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An image of The Holy Family by

India

Title
The Holy Family
Place of origin
India
Cultural origin
Pahari, Kangra or Garhwahl (?)
Year
1780-1800
Media categories
Miniature, Painting, Watercolour
Materials used
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 Cultural Gifts Program.
Accession number
27.2010
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.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, September 2011

Exhibition history (1)

One hundred flowers (2011), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Sep 2011–15 Jan 2012