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Title

A five-faced Shiva

late 19th century


Artist

Kalighat school

India

circa 1830 - 1930


About

This painting of Shiva is of special interest as the composition and stylisation are particularly imaginative and skilful. The great god Shiva is depicted with four arms, five faces and seven eyes, the multiplicity of eyes alluding to the deity's omniscience.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.48.


Details


Other Titles

The five-faced Mahadev

Siva or Punchanan the Destroyer of the world


Alternative title

Panchanan/Panchamukhashiva


Place where the work was made

Kalighat Kolkata (Calcutta) West Bengal India


Date

late 19th century


Media categories

Painting , Watercolour


Materials used

watercolour with silver paint on paper


Dimensions

43.8 x 27.2 cm (irreg.)


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1959


Location

Not on display


Accession number

EP6.1959


Artist information

Kalighat school

Works in the collection

6


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Folk Paintings and Souvenir Pictures', Sydney, 2003, 48-49 (colour illus.). The colour illus. on page 49 is a detail of this work.

Haema Sivanesan, Indian painting, 'Indian Painting', verso of poster., Sydney, 2001. cat.no. 5.2

Jill Sykes, Look, 'Artworks from India under the British Raj...', pg.30, Sydney, Jul 2010, 30 (colour illus.).