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.
Place where the work was made
opaque watercolour (gouache) on paper
26.0 x 19.2 cm
Gift of Dr Nigel and Mrs Norma Hawkins 2010. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 2 exhibitions
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
Look, 'Love in India' byJackie Menzies, pg.12-13, Sydney, Oct 2014, 13(colour illus.).