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SIVA AND PARVATI WITH THEIR CHILDREN IN THE HIMALAYAS Kangra school, about 1800. Painting on paper. J. C. French collection
SIVA AND PARVATI WITH THEIR CHILDREN IN THE HIMALAYAS


This is by far the favourite Sivaite subject with the painters of the Hills. Siva himself is a human ascetic with unkempt hair, almost nude and smeared with ashes; indeed he is only recognizable by his third eye and the crescent moon on his forehead. Parvati is a type of Indian beauty, wholly human, and the elephant-headed Ganesa nestles at her side like a human baby. In the background is their other child, Karttikeya, six-headed, but winsome.