Mar 20, 2014

Divine couple seated in a lotus blossom

Divine couple seated in a lotus blossom

early 1800s

Gum tempera and gold on paper

Sheet: 13.3 x 9 cm (5 1/4 x 3 9/16 in.)

Bequest of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1997.118


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The five-part butter lamp at the lower right is lit with flames, and smoke wafts from the censer.


Shown with full face forward in all white, Shiva, the four-armed deity, has the all-seeing third eye in his brow and holds only a manuscript. At the bottom are offerings of flowers, incense, oil lamps, and jeweled cups of pure water or liquor. His lotus throne forms a private, enclosed space for lovers. The red goddess on his lap may be identified as Sati, who embraces him around the neck.

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