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Drawing on paper. Śiva and Pārvatī with their family under a tree on Mount Kailasa. The dissolute and androgynous figure of Śiva is shown centrally as a naked ascetic with long, matted hair, enhanced by the crescent moon. He is given some drink, most likely a form of 'bhang' (an hallucinogenic drink made from cannabis), by Pārvatī. One of their sons, Karttikeya, feeds his peacock conveyance perched on the tree while the other, the elephant-headed Ganesha, is confortably seated before a spread of sweetmeats. Near him, Pārvatī's smiling lion and Śiva's dignified bull Nandi can be seen relaxing.
- Production date
- 1775-1800 (circa)
Height: 56 centimetres (Mounted)
Height: 29.60 centimetres
Width: 40.50 centimetres (Mounted)
Width: 19.70 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Dallapiccola 2004:
In this drawing the artist has captured the human side of the "Holy Family". The depiction reveals an intimate familiarity with the characters who rest beneath a tree in an idyllic landscape of rolling hills.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2020 Sep - 2021 Jan, BM, Room 35, "Tantra: enlightenment to revolution"
2012 Sep – 2013 Apr, BM G91, ‘Ritual and revelry: the art of drinking in Asia'
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