Shiva, Ever Solicitous of His Other Half

 

This painting is from Rasmanjari, a classical Sanskrit text by BhanuDatta.
In the text, the writer seems to be envisioning Shiva as ArdhaNarishwar, his androgynous aspect. The painter has been very creative to capture this aspect by keeping Parvati always on the right side in the painting.
Like other Pahari painting, painting is full of details and beautiful imagery. Tiger skin, a tree, Shiva body, flowers, and grass make this painting very striking.
Currently on display at San Diego Museum of Art.


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