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.
The five-faced Mahadev
Siva or Punchanan the Destroyer of the world
British Raj 1858 - 1947 → India
late 19th century
watercolour with silver paint on paper
43.8 x 27.2 cm (irreg.)
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Not on display
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Referenced in 3 publications
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.).