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Shiva’s family
ca. 1890
Kangra, Punjab Hills, India
Opaque watercolor on paper
H: 25.5; W: 20 cm
Gift of Arturo Schwarz, Milan
Accession number: B93.0764
While the sacred texts delight in telling of the quarrels that animate the life of Shiva and Parvati, the painters of the Punjab Hills celebrated their familial and marital bliss. The family, including Shiva and Parvati’s six-faced son Karttikeya and their elephant-headed son Ganesha, lives happily together in a cave alongside their attendant animals – the bull Nandi and the lion. The formation of the rocks in this scene is painted in the traditional north Indian style.

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir