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Title

Shiva and his family

1780-1800


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

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.


Details


Place where the work was made

India


Date

1780-1800


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's Cultural Gifts Program


Location

Not on display


Accession number

27.2010



Place

Where the work was made
India

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


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

  • Glorious, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 May 2017–06 Jan 2019


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.


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Look, 'Love in India' byJackie Menzies, pg.12-13, Sydney, Oct 2014, 13(colour illus.).