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Title

The Holy 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.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, September 2011


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 Cultural Gifts Program.


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 2017–2018


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


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