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Shri Shiva Panchayatana (The Assembly of Shiva)
  • Chitrapriyaprakesh Press
  • Shri Shiva Panchayatana (The Assembly of Shiva), 1885
  • Where object was made: Bombay (present-day Mumbai), India
  • color lithograph
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 505 x 356 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 19.88 x 14.02 mm
    Mat Dimensions: 25 x 20 in
  • Gift of Mark Baron and Elise Boisanté
  • Not on display
  • 2014.0518

Shiva, one of the three supreme beings in Hinduism, is depicted as a family man with his wife and son. Shiva is shown garlanded with a snake, and Ganges river flows from his matted hair. Shiva’s wife Parvati sits on his outstretched knee, while son Ganesha, who has an elephant head, is held to Shiva’s other side. Together they sit on a rounded pedestal covered with a tiger skin. The family is flanked by two acolytes who blow the horn and conch. Also, Shiva’s bull mount Nandin and the lion associated with his wife Parvati sit at the steps.