Shiva and Family
Water Color Painting on Paper8.0 inch X 10.0 inch
Descent of Lord Shiva and Family from Kailash
Watercolor on Paper7.6 inches X 9.5 inches
Artist: Kailash Raj
The painting portrays the five-faced Lord Shiva his form as Sadashiva, descending from Mount Kailash, represented symbolically by a distant lake, obviously the lake Manasarovara, and a snow-white mansion with caves-like entrances. Lord Shiva is mounted on his bull Nandi. On Shiva's right is his consort Parvati on her lion; ahead of Parvati is their elder son, the five-faced Karttikeya riding his peacock; and, on Parvati's right is the elephant-headed Ganesh on his mouse. Every one of Shiva, Parvati, Karttikeya and Ganesh, or even their mounts, seems to have a different kind of emotional disposition which reflects on their faces, or which shapes their facial demeanour, and the painting is outstanding in revealing it. It depicts with the same fervour the child-like enthusiasm on the face of Ganesh and in the demeanour of his mount mouse, with which it reveals the commander-like gravity on Karttiyeya's face and the confidence in the posture of his mount peacock. Walking in between her spouse and sons, in Parvati's facial demeanour and gesture of hands reveals her concern for both. And, accordingly, she is carrying in her left hand a cup containing 'bhang' Shiva's favourite drink, and in the right, a tray of 'laddus' ball-like shaped sweet, for which Ganesh had exceptional passion. In Shiva's drowsy eyes reflects partly his contemplative disposition and partly the intoxicating effect of 'bhang'. He is perhaps turning beads with his right hand inside his bag. The corresponding sentiment revealing in the behaviour of each of the pets, representing live nature, and the glow reflecting in the tree, shrubs and the entire background the non-living nature, suggests that the Holy family Shiva, the Purusha, primordial man, Parvati, the energy incarnate, Ganesh, the ultimate good and auspice, and Karttikeya, the ultimate valour and commanding force, pervades the Creation in its entirety.
This description by Prof. P.C. Jain and Dr Daljeet. Prof. Jain specializes on the aesthetics of ancient Indian literature. Dr Daljeet is the chief curator of the Visual Arts Gallery at the National Museum of India, New Delhi. They have both collaborated on numerous books on Indian art and culture.
Lord Shiva in Ecstatic Dance
Código del Artículo: HL02
Water Color Painting on Paper10.0 inch X 7.6 inch
Artist: Kailash Raj
Apparently, his figure bursting with great ecstasy and energy, he seems to be dancing for his own delight and for the delight of all around him : his family, consort, sons, and by extension those adopted as sons, and the sons-like dear devotees, with the faces of men or animals. However, under broad Shaivite metaphysical tradition Shiva’s dance is Shiva’s ‘cosmic act’ and this dance-forms manifests his act of creation which the presence of his consort, the source of love, union and creation, of his sons, the source of worldly attachment, and of his devotees in whose act the ties of the material world get credence, consolidates. The artist further strengthens this analogy of ‘lasya’ and creation when he paints trees bursting with colours and twisting to dance; the earth as green, to symbolize abundance, and the silvery sky, to reflect the time’s pace – rising and setting of the sun. In ‘tandava’ forms dissolve, colours diffuse into darkness, and time leaves no traces. Contrary from ‘lasya’ that love defines, ‘tandava’ is fire in which everything dissolves; and, Shiva, the Natesh, is the Lord of both, ‘lasya’ and ‘tandava’.
Bare footed and with normal two arms, his usual humanized form, Shiva has been represented in the centre of the canvas as dancing in full ecstasy and delight. The force of his action reveals in the motion of his matted hair wind-like shooting to his right while his figure throws itself to left. Whether disabled by the pace of the movement of his feet or to keep pace with it and to the rhythm that the music created, his loincloth, consisting of two parts, a leopard-skin on the front, and elephant hide, on the back, his sole ensemble, whirls off his body, and his serpent – his adornment, coiling around his neck, floats into the air. As if intoxicated with his favourite drink ‘bhanga’ his eyes reveal amour and great emotionality.
Not mere witnesses, the entire Shiva family joins the dance : his consort Parvati is playing on ‘vina’, a stringed musical instrument of gods and celestial beings; six-faced Karttikeya, beating a metal disc by two of his hands, and by other two, cymbals; the four-armed Ganesh seems to have taken his father’s ‘damaru’ – double drum, and is beating it. By his other two hands he is playing on a lyre, perhaps consisting of a single string; the multi-armed Bana, Shiva’s ardent devotee, and loved by Shiva and Parvati as their another son, is playing on innumerable drums, holding them in his multiple hands; his devotees, humane as well as those with heads like parrot, goat, sheep and monkey are blowing pipes, beating kettledrums, flat drums, and cymbals.
This description by Prof. P.C. Jain and Dr. Daljeet. Prof. Jain specializes on the aesthetics of literature and is the author of numerous books on Indian art and culture. Dr. Daljeet is the curator of the Miniature Painting Gallery, National Museum, New Delhi. They have both collaborated together on a number of books.
Dancing for Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati
Código del Artículo: HL50
Water Color Painting on Paper10.3 inch X 6.5 inch
Precio: Euro 133.00
Código del Artículo: WL82
Water Color Painting on Cotton Fabric18.5 inches X 28.5 inches
Precio: Euro 103.00
Lord Shiva Handcrafted Column with Goddess Parvati on Reverse
Kadamba Wood Sculpture from Jaipur9.0 inch X 3.0 inch X 3.0 inch
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