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Shiva and Parvati on Nandi

Painting
ca. 1830 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Painting, opaque watercolour on paper, Shiva and his consort Parvati sit on the bull Nandi. Shiva is depictedi n the mountain god form, with hair in a top knot and wearing a loin cloth of animal skin. The main colours are an off-white or grey, for Shiva, yellow for Parvati and deep blue for the bull. The couple sit on a green 'saddle' cloth. Personal adornments of necklaces, hair and ear ornaments are painted in tin alloy.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Pencil line drawing painted over in watercolour on mill made paper
Brief Description
Painting, Shiva and Parvati on Nandi, opaque watercolour on paper, Kalighat, Kolkata, ca. 1830
Physical Description
Painting, opaque watercolour on paper, Shiva and his consort Parvati sit on the bull Nandi. Shiva is depictedi n the mountain god form, with hair in a top knot and wearing a loin cloth of animal skin. The main colours are an off-white or grey, for Shiva, yellow for Parvati and deep blue for the bull. The couple sit on a green 'saddle' cloth. Personal adornments of necklaces, hair and ear ornaments are painted in tin alloy.
Dimensions
  • Height: 427mm (Maximum)
  • Width: 278mm
31/07/13 Dimensions measured as part of Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project 2013
Content description
Shiva and his consort Parvati sit on the bull Nandi. Shiva is depictedi n the mountain god form, with hair in a top knot and wearing a lion cloth of animal skin. The main colours are an off-white or grey, for Shiva, yellow for Parvati and deep blue for the bull. The couple sit on a green 'saddle' cloth.
Styles
Gallery Label
SHIVA AND PARVATI RIDING ON NANDI Watercolour on paper, with tin details Kalighat, Kolkata 1830-50 IS.204-1950 The Hindu god Shiva and his wife Parvati are shown seated on Shiva’s mount, the bull Nandi (‘Joyful’). Shiva is an ash-smeared ascetic, with matted locks and animal-skin loin-cloth, while Parvati is a bejewelled Bengali lady, her adornments painted with tin alloy. A trident, Shiva’s emblem, is painted on Nandi’s flank.(27/9/2013)
Production
The dating follows W.G Archer's 1971 catalogue of the V&A's collection of Kalighat paintings. Calcutta is referred to in the 21st Century as Kolkata.
Subjects depicted
Bibliographic References
  • Archer, W.G., Kalighat Paintings, London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office 1971, p45
  • Sinha, Suhashini, and Panda, C, eds. Kalighat Paintings from the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 2012. ISBN 1851776656.p. 46
Collection
Accession Number
IS.204-1950

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record createdJanuary 5, 2006
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