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Shiva and His Family
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Shiva and His Family

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Description Shiva, surrounded by his family, is both an ascetic practitioner of yoga (a yogi) and a loving husband and father. Wearing little beyond his serpents, jewelry, and prayer beads, he lifts a cup as his wife, the goddess Parvati, pours him a helping of bhang, a cannabis-based drink. Hindu deities are often depicted with the mounts on which they ride. The couple’s elephant-headed son, Ganesha, sits between Shiva’s bull and Parvati’s lion, while their second son, the six-headed Kumara, reaches up toward his peacock, offering it food or drink.
Date Description Narrative
7/28/2017Treatmentexamined for exhibition; installed in climate package; media consolidation
Provenance John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore; given to Walters Art Museum, 2002.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2002

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early 19th century
opaque watercolor and gold and silver paint on paper
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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H: 8 3/16 x W: 6 1/4 in. (20.8 x 15.88 cm); Framed H: 20 1/8 × W: 15 3/16 × D: 1 1/4 in. (51.12 × 38.58 × 3.18 cm)
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Not On View

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