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Shiva and Parvati
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Shiva and Parvati


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Description This stone relief, from a niche or subsidiary shrine of a Hindu temple, depicts the god Shiva with his wife, the goddess Parvati, seated in an affectionate embrace. Shiva holds his trident ("trishula") and Parvati her lotus. As a god who embodies opposing qualities, Shiva is both an amorous husband and an ascetic god who retreats from home for solitary meditation – his matted locks of hair, piled high atop his head, remind us of this second quality. Below the deities are their vehicles, Shiva's bull and Parvati's lion.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
4/01/1990Technical Reportother
Exhibitions
  • [Exhibition title unknown, held at Morgan State College]. Morgan State College, Baltimore. 1960.
Provenance Baroness Helen Giskra, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1949, by gift.
Credit Gift of the Baroness Helen Giskra, 1949

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Creator
Period
10th century
Medium
stone
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
25.41
Measurements
H: 8 5/8 in. (21.91 cm)
Geographies
  • India (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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