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Popular prints - Shiva


  • Object:

    Popular prints

  • Place of origin:

    India (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1998 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ink printed on paper.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr Frank Monaco

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Popular prints such as this are sold outside temples to pilgrims. They are souvenirs of their visit and can be placed inside shrines within the pilgrim’s home.

This print is of the Hindu god Shiva.

Physical description

Popular poster depicting Shiva, the Hindu God of destruction and creation, seated with the Himalayas and Mount Kailash in the background.
The characteristic attributes through which Shiva can be identified and which can be seen in this print are:
1. Vertical third eye.
2. The three horizontal stripes on his forehead.
3. Trident (Trisula), symbol of power.
4. Mendicant's bowl.
5. Shiva's mount, the bull nandi is behind Shiva's right side.
6. Tiger skin, in this print he is seated on it.
7. The cobras round his neck and arms.
8. The Crescent moon, on his forehead.
9. Matted hair (jata).
10. The fountain from the top of his head shown here from the mouth of the Goddess Ganga signifying the sacred river Ganga.
11. Prayer beads strung round his neck and arms with the right hand in a blessing gesture.

Place of Origin

India (made)


ca. 1998 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Ink printed on paper.


Height: 46 cm, Width: 32.5 cm

Descriptive line

Hindu religious poster depicting mythological subject, India, ca. 1998.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Vassilis G. Vitsaxis: Hindu Epics, Myths and Legends in Popular Illustrations

Production Note

Bought near the temple at Rameshwaram


Printing ink





Production Type

Mass produced


South & South East Asia Collection

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